What treatment options do I have?
“Some amazing progress has been made in the last few years in the treatment of fecal incontinence. In this section of our website, we’ll talk about who is most likely to have F.I. and we’ll look at traditional treatment options as well as a new approach that offers great hope.”
Dr. Liam Haveran
It’s safe to say that unintentional passing of feces from the rectum has happened to everyone at one time or another. It’s just that when it becomes a regular occurrence, and it starts to be a real problem affecting your quality of life that we give it a medical name - fecal incontinence - and we try to find why it happens.
Who is at risk?
The first thing we need to look at is who is at risk … who is most likely to suffer from F.I.
Age is a big factor. Although fecal incontinence can occur at any age, it's more common in middle-aged and older adults. If you are female, you are slightly more likely to experience F.I. than males. Maybe it’s because of complications surrounding childbirth, maybe not. Most women who develop fecal incontinence do so after the age of 40. Nerve damage can be a cause. Diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other conditions that can damage nerves that help you control your bowel movements may increase the risk of fecal incontinence.
Often patients who are in late-stage Alzheimer's disease or show evidence of dementia experience F.I. And finally, on the list of those who are most at risk of having fecal incontinence, are the physically disabled. It might be as simple as being unable to get to a toilet in time. Or perhaps the injury that caused the disability may have also caused rectal nerve damage.
What can be done to stop Fecal Incontinence?
Now that we know who is most likely to experience fecal incontinence, it’s time to talk about what can be done to ease this condition or stop it altogether.
Briefly, treatment for fecal incontinence may include one or more of the following:
• Eating, diet, and nutrition
• Training the bowel - biofeedback and exercising your pelvic floor
• Electrical stimulation
Click on any of the buttons below for more information about each of these therapies.