My advice, investigate the surgery before it becomes an emergency. I am 49, had emergency surgery in October for ruptured diverticula, the first surgeon just removed the ruptured area of colon and resected it, 3 days later it was leaking, I was transferred to Cleveland Clinic, where I had another surgery in middle of night which resulted in temporaty colostomy. Now, I get to look forward to this surgery again in April, to put everything back together again. I now also have a hernia which has developed under my stoma, and am having some difficulties there, I have large, uncomfortable scars (still having some pain and irritation around them).
I was first diagnosed with diverticulitis about 7-8 yrs ago, on vacation. Was hospitalized twice over the years for severe bouts, other than that, I experienced attacks about 2-3 times a year, where I needed antibiotics for 2 weeks to recover. It was at the point where I didn't go on vacation without a backup supply of antibiotics, but, I thought I could recognize it coming on and control it with the antibiotics (I usually responded quite quickly to them). This past August, I began another bout with diverticulits on antibiotics for 10 days, felt better, 1 1/2 weeks later it reoccurred. Began second round of 2 weeks of antibiotics, knew that I wasn't responding normally, I didn't feel right, something wasn't working. Went to a totally incompentent GI doctor, who, even with CT scan confirming diverticulitis didn't believe I was experiencing it because of my age (he had done a colonscopy a year before and said I only had a few diverticula--don't know what he was looking at), and insisted I didn't need another round of antibiotics. Four days after finishing the 2 week round of antibiotics, I was in the emergency room. Facing more incompetence at our small local hospital, I had to undergo my first surgery. And this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the incompetence that I have experienced with this.
If you are like I was, experiencing multiple bouts of diverticulitis, several times a year, for several years--check out the surgery. From what I now know, to have had many bouts of diverticulitis over 8 years, my colon was becoming damaged each time I had a bout. Both surgeons I have had said that my colon has many, many diverticula (the incompetent one thinks I should have my colon removed), and I don't know what the GI who did my colonoscopy was looking at--there is no way my colon became so diseased in one year, according to my surgeon now. I would have been much better off having a planned elective surgery to repair this than I am now. Go to a good experienced surgeon or place like Cleveland Clinic, it was a totally different world that I experienced there--have a plan in place, at least. Talk to a surgeon/surgeons about specific options. Good luck
Thanks for the update --- glad to hear that you are recovering and back to work so soon. Good for you. Be mindful of your energy and still get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids.