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Discharge Instructions for Diverticulitis

You have been diagnosed with diverticulitis. This is a condition in which small pouches form in your colon (large intestine) and become inflamed or infected. Follow the guidelines below for home care.

As you recover

  • Eat a low-fiber diet. Your health care provider may advise a liquid diet. This gives your bowel a chance to rest so that it can recover.

  • Foods to include: flake cereal, mashed potatoes, pancakes, waffles, pasta, white bread, rice, applesauce, bananas, eggs, meat, fish, poultry, tofu, cooked vegetables

  • Take your medicines as directed. Do not stop taking the medicines, even if you feel better.

  • Monitor your temperature and report any rising temperature to your health care provider.

  • Take antibiotics exactly as directed. Do not miss any.

  • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day, unless directed otherwise.

  • Use a heating pad or hot water bottle to reduce abdominal cramping or pain.

Preventing diverticulitis in the future

  • Eat a high-fiber diet. Fiber adds bulk to the stool so that it passes through the large intestine more easily.

  • Keep drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water every day, unless directed otherwise.

  • Begin an exercise program. Ask your health care provider how to get started. You can benefit from simple activities such as walking or gardening.

  • Treat diarrhea with a bland diet. Start with liquids only, then slowly add fiber over time.

  • Watch for changes in your bowel movements (constipation to diarrhea).

  • Get plenty of rest and sleep.

Follow-up care

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

When to call your health care provider

Call your health care provider immediately if you have any of the following:

  • Fever above 100°F (37.7°C)

  • Chills

  • Severe cramps in the abdomen, most commonly the lower left side

  • Tenderness in the abdomen, most commonly the lower left side

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Bleeding from your rectum


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