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When can surgery help with chronic constipation?

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If your constipation isn’t getting better with other treatments, surgery may be an option. But it depends on what’s causing your problem.

Surgery can help if you have a blockage, rectal prolapse (part of your rectum bulging outside your body), or anal fissure (small tears in your anus). It can repair these problems.

If your constipation is being caused by a part of your colon that isn’t working the way that it should, you may need surgery to remove that area.

Sources:

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: “Constipation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Constipation.”

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. American Academy of Family Physicians: “Constipation.”

MedlinePlus: “Lubiprostone.”

FDA: “FDA approves Trulance for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation.”

UpToDate: “Constipation Overview,” “Lubiprostone: Drug information,” “Linaclotide: Drug information,” “Plecanatide: Drug information.”

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology: “What is chronic constipation? Definition and diagnosis.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnostic Approach to Chronic Constipation in Adults.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 1, 2019

Sources:

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: “Constipation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Constipation.”

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. American Academy of Family Physicians: “Constipation.”

MedlinePlus: “Lubiprostone.”

FDA: “FDA approves Trulance for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation.”

UpToDate: “Constipation Overview,” “Lubiprostone: Drug information,” “Linaclotide: Drug information,” “Plecanatide: Drug information.”

Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology: “What is chronic constipation? Definition and diagnosis.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnostic Approach to Chronic Constipation in Adults.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 1, 2019

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