Diverticular disease - diverticulitis and diverticulosis
Diverticular disease, including diverticulitis, is linked to a low-fibre diet – find out about the causes, symptoms and treatment.
Surgery for diverticular disease
Diverticular disease of the colon can cause pain and other serious problems. Surgery to remove the affected part of your bowel should prevent your symptoms from coming back.
Underlying causes of abdominal pain
Abdominal pain has many causes, and may be short-term, long-term or a pain that comes and goes. Sudden and severe abdominal pain is a medical emergency.
Your digestive system breaks down the food you eat into nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Find out about how it works and some related conditions.
Underlying causes of diarrhoea
Diarrhoea has many causes, including both acute and long-term health conditions; bowel disease; viruses, bacteria and parasites; and even medical treatments.
A colostomy is surgery to bring part of the colon to the surface of the body to form an opening. Waste is collected using a bag called a stoma pouch.
A hemicolectomy is an operation where a section of the large intestine is removed. It is usually done to treat a condition such as bowel cancer.
Constipation is difficulty passing stools. It can affect adults and children and is also common during pregnancy. Find out how to treat and prevent constipation.
Diarrhoea may last for just a few days, or it might indicate something more serious. Learn about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments for diarrhoea.
Bowel obstruction can cause serious health problems. If you have a bowel obstruction, you will usually need immediate treatment in hospital.