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
- Blood pressure medication
- Iron supplements
- 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.