What is Constipation?
Constipation is a symptom that has different meanings to different individuals. Most commonly, it refers to infrequent bowel movements, but it may also refer to a decrease in the volume or weight of stool, the need to strain to have a movement, a sense of incomplete evacuation, or the need for enemas, suppositories or laxatives in order to maintain regularity. Constipation is a significant problem in communities where fibre intake is low, but is virtually unknown when the diet is high in fibre.
How is constipation treated?
The vast majority of patients with constipation are successfully treated by adding high fibre foods like bran, shredded wheat, whole grain breads and certain fruits and vegetables to the diet, along with increased fluids. Your surgeon may also recommend lifestyle changes, such as the amount of time you spend on the toilet and how you sit on the toilet. Only in rare circumstances are surgical procedures necessary to treat constipation.
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