When is surgical consultation 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 consultation is indicated when large bowel obstruction or colonic ileus secondary to an acute intra-abdominal process is suspected. It is also indicated for anorectal complications of constipation or for surgical correction of the underlying cause. Symptomatic hemorrhoids and anal fissures represent complications of constipation until proven otherwise. Acute hemorrhoidal thrombosis requires urgent surgical consultation for evacuation of the clot and relief of pain.


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