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Management of Constipation

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.

Colorectal Practice is committed to treating constipation and other colorectal issues safely and effectively.
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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
Constipation can be distressing, but is a treatable condition.
For a detailed evaluation and advice, speak to our specialists today.
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. Your condition will be assessed and our surgeon will tailor a treatment plan that meets 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.
Based on your current condition, Our doctor will prescribe medicine and laxatives that will help ease the constipation.
2) If these changes do not help, we may recommend a Colonoscopy to study the colonic lining to identify any underlying conditions that may belie your constipation.
We Listen. We Treat. We Care.
Entrust your health and recovery to our dedicated team at Colorectal Practice today. From prompt consults to treatment and recovery, we are committed to seeing you through to a better quality of life.
Our Clinics’ Locations
With a comprehensive network of clinics in Singapore, we stand ready to help you achieve optimal colorectal health.
3 Mount Elizabeth, #12-14 Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, Singapore 228510