Midlands Bowel Centre

Spire Parkway Hospital

1 Damson Parkway, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 2PP


  • Constipation, defined as “straining at bowel movements, lumpy/hard stools, a sensation of incomplete evacuation, a sense of anorectal blockage, less than three bowel movements per week, and the need for manual manoeuvres to aid evacuation”, is perhaps inevitable at some point in all of our lives; however, persistent and troublesome constipation can occur in adults in the western world, particularly after the age of 65 years and it tends to be more common in females.

    Two major types of constipation are recognized. Primary functional constipation, which can be divided into slow transit constipation, constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome, and obstructed defaecation. Secondary constipation is due to another cause, such as colorectal cancer, hypothyroidism, diabetes, use of medication including opiates, antidepressants, and diuretics, or stool impaction in the elderly.

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