A form of chronic constipation that cuts across classes, people afflicted with obstructed defecation syndrome (ODS) in India must not only bear with the social stigma attached to the condition but also the ignorance regarding it in the medical community.
OD is a term used to refer to the abnormal functioning of the muscles involved in defecation, leading to a feeling of obstruction in the rectum.
Observed more often in women who’ve had multiple child births, OD is impossible to diagnose in a traditional endoscopy and as a result, many OD sufferers are made to believe their condition is a psychological one.
About 15% of patients of piles, fissure and fistula have OD. Sufferers often have to resort to inserting a finger into the rectum or vagina to express their stools. STARR surgery is the solution for many of them.