Let’s Talk About Fecal Incontinence
“On this page we’ll look at just what F.I. is. Remember, F.I. is a complicated issue that can’t be fully covered in a website. When you’re ready, give us a call. We’ll discuss your specific situation, and together we’ll map out a plan for recovery.”
Dr. Liam Haveran
Throughout this website, we’ll be using terms to help us describe the causes and treatment of fecal incontinence, so this would be a good time to define a few of the terms we’ll be using. Let’s begin with fecal incontinence itself. What is it?
Fecal incontinence is the passing of solid or liquid feces from the rectum accidentally. Sometimes this is called a bowel control problem. If you are unable to hold a bowel movement until reaching a toilet, or if you pass feces into your underwear without knowing it’s happening, that’s fecal incontinence.
How Digestion Works
What are feces? What is stool? Well, they’re different words for the same thing … solid waste that is passed as a bowel movement. That waste consists of undigested food, bacteria, mucus, and dead cells.
What is mucus? That’s the clear liquid that coats and protects tissues in the digestive system.
What is the digestive system? It’s all those parts of our body that allow us to digest food and eliminate waste. The digestive system includes the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and the anus.
The rectum is the name given for the last few inches of the large intestine. It’s here in the rectum where stool or feces are stored prior to a bowel movement.