When is surgical intervention indicated in constipation?

Updated: Jul 05, 2019
  • Author: Marc D Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Surgical care is generally restricted to the evaluation of underlying causes or the management of acute complications of constipation. For children with constipation, operative management includes the use of antegrade continence enemas, sacral nerve stimulation, and colonic resection. [18]  Surgical intervention for constipation should be avoided in a patient with an underlying psychiatric cause.


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