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Diverticulitis

Small pouches called diverticula can form in the lining of your digestive system. Diverticulitis occurs when one or more of these pouches becomes inflamed or infected. Symptoms of diverticulitis include:

  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Severe Abdominal Pain
  • Bloody Stool
  • Constipation

A mild case of diverticulitis can be treated with antibiotics, rest, and dietary changes. Adopting a liquid diet for a few days can help your bowels heal before introducing solid foods again. Making dietary lifestyle changes to include 25-35 grams of fiber per day for the long-term can further help mitigate this issue.

In more severe cases of diverticuliltis or when diverticulitis becomes persistent, surgery may be recommended. Your doctor will discuss all of your options with you and determine the best approach to treat your particular case.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

At the Palm Beach Digital Surgery Institute, we’re committed to empowering our patients, sharing options and information so you can make the decision that’s right for you and your family.

Dr. Eduardo Parra-Davila MD, FACS, FASCRS and his team begin by focusing on not just the patient, but their entire family: the support system and people committed to restoring the patient to a better quality of life.

Prior to joining Palm Beach Health Network Physician Group, Dr. Parra served as the Director of Minimally Invasive and Colorectal Surgery and the Director of Hernia and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction at Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Orlando, FL. Previously, he also served as the Director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Program at a Hospital in Boca Raton and as the Chief of General Surgery at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Miami. Dr. Parra-Davila has worked as a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Central Florida, Florida State University and University of Miami.

 

“I get criticized sometimes because I give my cell number to the patients. And my take on it is, you can always be on the other side.”

Parra-Davila MD, FACS, FASCRS

 

Choosing the Right Hospital

Dr. Parra performs his surgeries at Good Samaritan Medical Center, located in West Palm Beach. “One of the reasons I came to Good Sam was for the robotic program,” explains Dr. Parra. “It’s a small community hospital with maybe one of the best technologies there is in surgery, and I like that combination.”

Good Samaritan Medical Center is part of the Palm Beach Health Network, which also includes Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, West Boca Medical Center and Delray Medical Center.