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Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists Of New York

Relieve Chronic Constipation
with Conservative Treatment

Constipation is a concern which affects most people at one point or another in their lives. Infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stools are the most common symptoms of this condition. While occasional constipation is relatively normal, experiencing it chronically can interfere with your daily life. At Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York, we can diagnose the cause of your constipation and provide conservative treatment options. Our colorectal specialists are highly discreet. With multiple locations, including offices in East Setauket and Garden City, NY, you can undergo comfortable diagnosis and treatment at the office most convenient for you. 

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Signs of Constipation

Generally, having three or fewer bowel movements over the course of a week means you are constipated. Other common symptoms of this condition include:

  • Lumpy or hard stools
  • Bloating
  • Difficulty having a bowel movement
  • Feeling like you did not pass everything

Patients with constipation may also have the feeling that there is a blockage preventing bowel movements. You likely have chronic constipation if you have experienced two or more of these symptoms for the last three months. 

Why Do I Become Constipated?

There is a range of potential causes of constipation. The most common issue patients face is a slow-moving digestive tract. If waste moves too slowly or cannot be effectively eliminated, it can become hard and dry, making it more difficult to expel. 

Other possible causes include:

  • Lack of fiber
  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Overuse of laxatives
  • Certain medications
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Blockages in the colon or rectum, such as an anal fissure or colon cancer
  • Resisting the urge to pass stools
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Neurological issues, such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Eating disorders
  • Underactive thyroid
  • Muscular problems

A sedentary lifestyle can also contribute to constipation. During your appointment with our team, we can assess your symptoms and identify the cause of your issues. 

Diagnosing Constipation

There are a variety of tests we can perform at our offices to diagnose chronic constipation. If you are concerned about these tests, our staff anesthesiologist can provide sedation during the appointment to maintain your comfort. Some of the tests we commonly use to identify the cause of constipation include:

  • Blood tests to identify systemic conditions
  • Sigmoidoscopy to examine the rectum and lower colon
  • Colonoscopy to examine the entire colon
  • Colonic transit study to evaluate how food moves through the colon

In addition, we can test the muscles which control your bowel movements to reveal other issues, such as rectal prolapse. 

Your Treatment Options

At Colon & Rectal Surgical Specialists of New York, we always strive to provide the most conservative treatment options possible to relieve your symptoms. In some cases, making simple changes to your lifestyle can relieve your constipation, such as increasing your fiber intake or exercising more frequently.

Our team can diagnose your issue and find an effective method for relieving your symptoms.

If these methods are not effective, we can recommend over-the-counter solutions or provide prescription medications to increase your regularity. In serious cases, we may recommend surgery, especially if your constipation is caused by a blockage or anal fissure. 

Start Feeling Better

Chronic constipation can affect every aspect of your life and make daily activities more difficult. Our team can diagnose your issue and find an effective method of relieving your symptoms. Find out more about our constipation treatment options by contacting us online or calling one of our convenient office locations today. 

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Garden City Office

1100 Franklin Ave
Ste 203
Garden City, NY 11530

Open Today 9:00am - 5:00pm

More Info Directions (516) 248-2422

East Hills Office

2200 Northern Boulevard
Ste 210
East Hills, NY 11548

Open Today 9:00am - 5:00pm

More Info Directions (516) 629-5114

Jamaica Office

169-27 137th Ave
Jamaica, NY 11434

Closed Today

More Info Directions (347) 539-4865

Melville Office

510 Broadhollow Rd.
Ste 309
Melville, NY 11747

Open Today 9:00am - 5:00pm

More Info Directions (516) 473-0780

Richmond Hill Office

131-10 Liberty Ave.
Richmond, NY 11419

Closed Today

More Info Directions (718) 577-2763

Port Jefferson Office

200 Belle Terre Road
Ste 600
Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Open Today 9:00am - 5:00pm

More Info Directions (516) 494-3027