Obstructed Defecation Symptoms and Treatments

Not all patients with pelvic floor disorders have control problems. In fact, many patients may have a form of constipation known as obstructed defecation. In this condition, there may be defects in the muscles, connective tissues, or function of the pelvic floor that causes a patient to excessively strain in order to have a bowel movement.

What is Obstructed Defecation?

Persistent straining can worsen pelvic floor problems. Occasionally, a patient may need to assist with evacuation to have a bowel movement. When a patient presents to us with refractory constipation, special x-ray or other imaging tests may be ordered to help determine the cause of this disorder.

Patient without obstructed defecation
Patient with obstructed defectaion

Treatment for obstructed defecation and constipation will depend on the underlying cause of your obstructive defecation. There may need to be tissue repair, medication, or diet related changes to help in the facilitation of proper bowel movements.

Treatment for Obstructed Defecation may include:

  • Medications to alleviate constipation
  • Biofeedback to help you regain control of your muscles
  • Surgery to repair or correct anatomical deformities

Treated Conditions

Hemorrhoid Removal
Pelvic Floor Disorders
Pelvic Floor
Fecal Incontinence
Anorectal Manometry
Anal Ultrasound
Obstructed Defecation
Rectal Prolapse

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