Leslie F. Seecoomar, MD, PC
Gastroenterologist & Endoscopy located in the Upper West Side of New York City, NY
Constipation is a common underlying cause of many digestive symptoms. When properly managed, constipation and the related symptoms and digestive ailments miraculously disappear. Leslie F. Seecoomar, MD, PC, a board-certified gastroenterologist on the Upper West Side office in Manhattan, takes a holistic approach to patient care, conducting comprehensive evaluations to find the root cause of constipation, so you get the most effective care. To schedule a consultation, call the New York City office, or book an appointment online today.
Constipation Q & A
What is constipation?
Medically, doctors diagnose constipation in people who have three or fewer bowel movements a week. However, bowel function differs from person-to-person.
Constipation may be better defined as a change in the frequency of your bowel habits that results in hard, difficult to pass stools.
Leslie F. Seecoomar, MD, PC, finds that constipation is a common underlying cause of many digestive symptoms. When properly managed, constipation symptoms and the underlying digestive ailments disappear.
Once patients get relief from their constipation, they experience a boost in energy and mood. They also feel healthier, thinner, and less self-conscious about their appearance.
What causes constipation?
You may develop constipation from a number of causes. A change in your diet or usual routine is the most common cause of constipation.
Other causes of constipation include:
- Low-fiber diet
- A high-fiber diet with an inadequate fluid intake
- Gastrointestinal condition (e.g., irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer)
- A neurological condition that affects the brain or spinal cord (e.g., cerebral palsy)
Finding the root cause of your constipation is essential for getting the most effective treatment.
What can I expect during a constipation consultation?
When you visit Dr. Seecoomar for a constipation consultation, you can expect a patient-focused exam. During your evaluation, the board-certified gastroenterologist asks detailed questions about your constipation, usual bowel habits, and other symptoms.
He also reviews your diet, exercise routine, daily stresses, medical history, family history, and the types of medications and supplements you take. To confirm or rule out the cause of your constipation, your evaluation may also include diagnostic testing such as:
- Blood work
- Stool testing
Dr. Seecoomar uses the data collected during your evaluation to identify and address all causes of your constipation for a full resolution of symptoms and your other digestive ailments.
How is constipation treated?
Treatment for constipation is personalized based on the root cause or causes of your condition. Your treatment plan may include:
- Diet modification
- Exercise program
- Stress management
- Disease-specific medication
- Fiber supplements
- Gastrointestinal motility medication
Dr. Seecoomar schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor your symptoms and health and adjust your plan as needed.
For a comprehensive and holistic approach to finding the cause of constipation, call the office of Leslie F. Seecoomar, MD, PC, or book online today.