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What if laxatives don't work?

If laxatives have not worked to move impacted (built-up) stools, your doctor may suggest physically removing these in a non-surgical treatment. This involves inserting a gloved finger into the anal passage to break up impacted feces. An enema (liquid) will then be used to clear the remainder of the impacted stools and help clear the bowels. These measures are usually effective; if they don't work, your doctor may suggest surgery.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Irritable bowel syndrome

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