Like you i also suffered for years from the effects of diverticulitis. I had them extensively in the sigmoid, the ascending and almost half of the transverse colon. I suffered for years with bloating & constant constipation that could only be releived by taking Fleet or epsom salt. And that would only help for a few weeks at a time. I thought i could live with the condition until the condition worsened to the point where i developed a FISTULA TO THE BLADDER. The diverticula had become so infected that they in turn infected the Bladder & small particles of stool began to show up in my urine. Urinating became extremely painful and i then had a constant fever, which required surgery-Left Hemi Colectomy and bladder surgery.
I was hoping i would have been ok, but when the fistula developed, i had no choice but to do the surgery.
I didnt want to miss too much work so i elected to have it done December 20th,09. lots of holidays to recoop. They removed the sigmoid, the ascending and a portion of the transverse. They then joined the the transverse directly to the rectum. (the infected portion of the bladder was excised). I was in the hospital for 7 days. The surgery was successful. I ate and drank nothing for the six days i was in the hospital, only IV fluids.
The 8" long vertical scar from just below (what u would call the Bikini line)was quite prominent and scary looking. While it was tender, it hurt only mildly, unless you tried to laugh or sneeze. Hiccups which i had after the fifth day was painful in the stomach area.
I developed diarrhea after the fifth day and had to use incontinent briefs for the next 3 days. However that soon ended once i started eating again. It was difficult getting in and out of bed within the first 10 days after surgey. After that my strenght began to come back (by the way i began working from home a couple of days after i left the hospital. in fact i had to fight hard not to do all the things i was acustomed to doing in order not to affect the healing process).
I had one normal bowel movement per day up until a couple of weeks ago. Now i notice i'm having about two every three days.
Everything so far is working out just fine. I am hoping it will stay that way.
Bye the way there has been absolutely no change in sexual desire or function.
While i cant tell you what to do, i am extremely glad i had this surgery.