Toilet Stools May Make Going to the Bathroom Easier

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Dr. Peter Stanich MD Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine

Dr. Stanich

Dr. Peter Stanich MD
Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
and College of Medicine

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings? 

Response: We knew of toilet stools from popular culture and wanted to study this in a scientific way. This is something that patients, family and friends always ask about and we wanted to start the process of assessing it more rigorously to see if they are beneficial. 

 MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?

Response: The initial indication is that toilet stools have a positive effect on defecation and can improve feelings of bowel emptiness and reduce straining with bowel movements and time for defecation. This may be a non-pharmaceutical avenue to improve satisfaction with bowel elimination.

MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: It is important to note that this study was performed on volunteers without gastrointestinal problems. This study should be replicated in patients with chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome with constipation and hemorrhoids to see if benefit is seen in these often hard to treat conditions. And, as always, replicating this study in a larger and more diverse population would be beneficial. 

Disclosures: Squatty Potty LLC provided the toilet stools for the study, but was not otherwise involved in the process.

Citation:

Implementation of a Defecation Posture Modification Device

Impact on Bowel Movement Patterns in Healthy Subjects

Modi, Rohan M., MD*; Hinton, Alice, PhD; Pinkhas, Daniel, DO*; Groce, Royce, MD, MS; Meyer, Marty M., MD; Balasubramanian, Gokulakrishnan, MD; Levine, Edward, MD; Stanich, Peter P., MD

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology:
October 22, 2018 – Volume Publish Ahead of Print – Issue – p

doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000001143

 

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