• Joel Bauer MD
  • Stephen Gorfine MD
  • David Chessin MD
  • Daniel Popowich MD

Surgical Management of Constipation & Fecal Incontinence

Surgical Management of Bowel Issues in Manhattan

Treating Constipation & Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence and constipation are two common and frustrating ailments that affect adults of all ages, especially those over the age of 70. Although both of these conditions can occur on an occasional basis, if a person has experienced regular episodes, it may be a problem that needs to be addressed with treatment.

It is very common for adults to be embarrassed about bringing this subject up to their doctor or requesting information about treatment, which can lead to the worsening of your condition. At Manhattan Surgical Associates, we recommend making a consultation with an experienced surgeon is you are experiencing any issues with constipation or fecal incontinence.

What Causes Constipation & Fecal Incontinence?

There are many different causes of both conditions, depending on your age, current health condition, and medical history. For example, a common cause of fecal incontinence is vaginal delivery leading to injury to the sphincter muscle, which can lead to the weakening of the muscles of the pelvic floor. Prior surgeries, neurological disorders and muscle weakness, or abnormal consistency of the stool can also cause fecal incontinence.

Constipation is a common symptom as a result of a wide range of medical and dietary situations, such as a pressing or swelling on your organs. It is most often a sign that there is a more significant, underlying situation that needs to be attended to. If you are currently experiencing a decrease in stool, necessity to strain to have a bowel movement, or infrequent and irregular bowel movements, it can be extremely difficult to carry on with a normal life.

Certain medications can also lead to constipation as a side effect, such as:

  • Pain killers
  • Psychiatric medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Tranquilizers
  • Blood pressure medication
  • Iron supplements
  • Diuretics
  • Calcium supplements

Using Surgery to Treat Bowel Irregularities

You should seek help before your condition worsens, leading to a more serious situation. When you come in to see a Manhattan colorectal surgeon from our office, you will undergo a full history, physical examination, and testing to determine the cause of your situation and what type of treatment is most appropriate.

There are many different surgical treatments which are available to treat both fecal incontinence and constipation. For a consultation with one of our doctors, contact us now at 646.798.4606.

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