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Overview on management of acute diverticular disease

5th May 2020


The management of acute diverticular disease is the source of much debate and very little consensus amongst surgeons. This talk will aim to address some of the uncertainties and controversies.

  • What exactly is diverticular disease, why is it such a common reason for surgical presentation and why does it cause so much trouble for some patients?
  • Which patients with diverticulitis can be managed on an ambulatory basis, which patients should be admitted to hospital and what can we offer them in order to avoid surgery and a colostomy?
  • Which patients need surgery and what operative strategies should we have to ensure best outcome?


Mr Richard Guy

Richard Guy is Clinical Lead for Emergency General Surgery at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals, having moved from Oxford where he was a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon. Qualifying from the University of Birmingham he served in the Royal Navy from 1984 to 2004, undertook specialist colorectal training in Oxford, St. Mark’s and Singapore and was awarded his MD for research in primary blast injury.

Widely published across the range of Colorectal and General Surgery, his current clinical and research interests are focused on emergency abdominal surgery. Mr Guy is also an examiner for the Intercollegiate FRCS examination.


Mr Giles Bond-Smith

Mr Giles Bond-Smith trained in North East London in General Surgery with a specialist interest in HPB. Having moved to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Mr Bond-Smith has developed his interest in HPB and also Emergency General Surgery. Mr Bond-Smith is currently the Clinical Lead for Emergency General Surgery in Oxford and apart from transforming the Oxford Acute Surgical Emergency Unit he has been at the forefront of developing Emergency General Surgery in Oxford and the UK as one of the founders of the National Forum for Acute Surgery.

Mr Bond-Smith is an active RSA for both the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.


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