A 62-year-old female asked:
redundant colon,candidate for elective colon resection. linzess, miralax no help. milk of mag or sennokot 2-3x week helps.use instead of surgery?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Andrew Seibert answered
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Chronic constipation: Most often, surgery is only considered as a last resort. For some people, having a bowel movement 2 to 3 times per week is normal. If you are able to achieve this using milk of magnesia, then I would not consider surgery at this time. It is always possible to have complications of surgery, and in your situation, it doesn't sound absolutely necessary. Fiber and hydration are key. Good luck.
Answered on Mar 24, 2017
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