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.
Constipation and diarrhea can be viewed as two different ends of the same spectrum. Constipation is a condition in which you have trouble moving your bowels or do not move them frequently. Diarrhea involves too frequent bowel movements. Our specialists can treat both conditions.See more videos
High-fiber foods can help relieve chronic 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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
In addition, we can test the muscles which control your bowel movements to reveal other issues, such as rectal prolapse.
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.
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.