Vibrating Pill Shows Promise As Constipation Treatment Preferable To Laxatives

Vibrating Pill Shows Promise As Constipation Treatment Preferable To Laxatives
Researchers at Tel Aviv University note that constipation is the most common digestive health disorder, affecting up to 42 million Americans annually. Symptoms of chronic constipation including pain, bloating, infrequent bowel movements and painful and/or hard stools. Typical treatments include both pharmaceutical and non-prescription laxative agents, and in severe cases, enemas -- all of which cause some side-effects to a greater or lesser degree. However, a new constipation treatment demonstrated in a pilot study by researchers led by Dr. Yishai Ron, MD, director of neurogastroenterology and motility at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Tel Aviv University-affiliated Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, utilizes a vibrating pill-size capsule that shows promise for alleviating chronic constipation. The Sourasky Medical Center research team presented their findings last month at the Digestive Disease Week convention in Chicago. The presentation, entitled "Vibrating Capsule for the Treatment of Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) and Constipation Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome (c-IBS) - Safety and Efficacy Sa2023" was coauthored by Dr. Ron and Zamir Halpern of The Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Rifaat Safadi of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology of the The Holy Family Hospital, at Nazareth, Israel, and Ram Dickman of the The Rabin Medical Center, Petach-Tikva, Israel. The coauthors note that pharmacologic treatment is the mainstay of treatment for constipation; yet, nearly 50 percent of patients are unsatisfied with the treatment -- eighty percent because of inefficacy and 20 percent because of side effects and long term use safety concerns. Surgery is reserved for extreme refractory cases, and s
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