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Colorectal Diseases

Tortuous colon

10/08/2008

Question:

I just had a colonoscopy done. They said that I have a tortuous colon. I still have pain in my left side. I stay constipated all the time. Is there anything that can help my colon? Is there a surgery that can help me?

Answer:

You need a thorough and methodic evaluation of your constipation with an expert in colonic motility disorders. This may be a colorectal surgeon, or a gastroenterologist. They will do a few studies to determine if your colonic motility is abnormal, and if your pelvic floor is functioning correctly to allow regular BMs.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati