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Management of Constipation

While generally overlooked, chronic constipation may be the result of underlying colon health issues.

What is Constipation?

Constipation refers to infrequent bowel movements or perpetual difficulty in passing stools. It is usually diagnosed as having fewer than three bowel movements in a week. Chronic constipation can result in significant inconvenience and discomfort, and can lead to severe complications if not addressed.

Management of Constipation

Colorectal Practice is committed to treating constipation and other colorectal issues safely and effectively.

To schedule a consultation with Dr Dennis Koh, call 6262 1226.

What are the Symptoms of Constipation?

  • Having less than three bowel movements per week
  • Hard or lumpy stools
  • Excessive straining during bowel movements
  • Tenesmus, a feeling of remaining stool in your rectum
  • Requiring assistance to empty your bowels, such as pressing on the abdomen

Chronic constipation is generally defined as experiencing two or more of these symptoms in a time frame of three months. Constipation can lead to other anorectal conditions such as haemorrhoids, tears or abscesses.

What Causes Constipation?

Constipation occurs when stool moves too slowly through the gastrointestinal tract and cannot be passed out effectively, resulting in hard and dry stool and painful bowel movements.

Chronic constipation can have multiple possible causes such as:

  • Low-fibre diet and insufficient water intake
  • Obstruction in the colon or in the rectum
  • Pelvic muscle conditions
  • Neurological problems surrounding the muscles in the colon
  • Hormonal conditions that affect fluid balance

How is constipation treated?

Constipation can be treated with dietary and lifestyle changes to soften stools and increase the speed of stool moving through the intestines. Dr Koh will study your condition and tailor a treatment plan to meet your needs.

Increase Your Fibre Intake

Fibre increases the bulk and mass of your stool, and this helps your stool to be passed out faster.

Get Regular Exercise

Muscle activity in the intestines can be improved with exercise and physical activity.

Medication

Based on your current condition, Dr Koh will prescribe medicine and laxatives that will help ease the constipation.

If these changes do not help, Dr Koh may recommend Colonoscopy to study the colonic lining to identify any underlying conditions that may belie your constipation.

Our Surgeon

Dr Dennis KohConsultant Colorectal Surgeon

MBBS (Nottingham), MMed (Surg)
BMedSci (Nottingham), FRCSEd, FAMS

Dr Dennis Koh is a MOH-accredited and experienced colorectal surgeon; and currently the Medical Director at Colorectal Practice.

Dr Koh strives to provide a customized treatment plan for each patient, which allows for better outcomes. He also honed his skills in proctology abroad in Geneva, bringing a more diverse touch to his practice.

Dr Dennis Koh is a MOH-accredited and experienced colorectal surgeon; and currently the Medical Director at Colorectal Practice.

Dr Koh strives to provide a customized treatment plan for each patient, which allows for better outcomes. He also honed his skills in proctology abroad in Geneva, bringing a more diverse touch to his practice.

Comprehensive Range of Colorectal Services for Your Peace of Mind

Dr Koh tailors his treatment based on your lifestyle requirements and healthcare needs. At our colorectal clinic, we believe in providing personalized care as it allows for better surgical outcomes and creates a supportive environment for our patients.

For a detailed consultation, contact us at 6262 1226 or fill up the contact form below.

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