Published online Jul 7, 2014. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v20.i25.8166
Revised: January 4, 2014
Accepted: February 17, 2014
Published online: July 7, 2014
Core tip: We sought to determine whether a conservative approach to the sigmoid colon could be proposed after complicated diverticulitis. One hundred and fourteen patients were included in this study, which confirmed that the conservative approach is feasible in 71% of cases after an episode of complicated diverticulitis (CD). Indications for elective sigmoid resection should not be based solely on CD episode. This approach not only has an impact for the patient, but also for the health care system.