While nearly everyone experiences occasional constipation at some point, chronic constipation may be a sign of a more serious condition. At Long Island Gastro in Syosset, New York, board-certified gastroenterologists, Jaydeep Kadam, MD, and Kostas Sideridis, DO, offers comprehensive care for persistent constipation. Whether you need a diagnostic colonoscopy or help with managing your condition, the team customizes treatment for constipation based on your needs. Request an evaluation at Long Island Gastro using the online booking feature or by calling the office today.
Constipation is one of the most common issues that affect digestive health. A diagnosis of constipation involves having a bowel movement fewer than three times a week.
Normally, your colon absorbs water from food as it moves through your digestive system and forms stool. The muscles in your colon move the stool out through your rectum during a bowel movement.
In constipation, the stool may stay too long in the colon, where it can become hard and more difficult to eliminate from your body. This may occur due to:
You may also be prone to frequent constipation if you have underlying medical issues, like diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, or a thyroid condition.
Everyone has a different normal for bowel movements, with some having several a day while others have only a few bowel movements a week.
Any changes in your usual bowel habits shouldn’t be ignored. You should schedule a consultation at Long Island Gastro if you experience symptoms during bowel movements like:
You may also feel abdominal fullness even after using the bathroom.
Pinpointing the cause of your constipation, especially if it’s recurrent, is the focus of diagnostic testing at Long Island Gastro. The gastroenterology team takes the time to learn more about your diet and activities that may be causing constipation. They also review your medical history and your symptoms.
In some cases, your provider may order blood tests to check for infection or underlying illness. They may also perform a rectal exam to ensure there aren’t obstructions that are interfering with bowel movements.
You may also need a colonoscopy to evaluate the health of your colon. This in-office test uses a slender tube with an attached camera, which sends pictures of your colon to a monitor. Your Long Island Gastro provider watches the monitor to identify blockages or other issues that may be causing constipation.
Treating occasional, mild constipation may require over-the-counter stool softeners or other medications, drinking plenty of water, and eating a high-fiber diet.
If you have chronic constipation due to an underlying medical issue, your Long Island Gastro specialist may recommend prescription medications to regulate bowel movements and make it easier to go to the bathroom.
If you have blockages that prevent healthy bowel movements, your provider may recommend surgery to clear your colon of any remaining stool and repair any damage. Following a procedure, you may need therapy to retrain your colon muscles.
You don’t have to live with chronic constipation. Request a consultation at Long Island Gastro by phone or online today.