What is Fecal Incontinence?
Fecal incontinence is the leakage of stool from the rectum and/or the inability to control bowel movements. It is a fairly common problem but patients are often hesitant to discuss their symptoms with their doctors. The condition can understandably impact a patient’s quality of life. There are many causes for fecal incontinence, including muscle or nerve damage during childbirth, previous anorectal surgeries, and neuromuscular disorders.
Incontinence Treatment Options
A variety of surgical and non-surgical treatment options exist. These include medical therapy with pelvic floor physical therapy, sphincter muscle repair, and sacral nerve stimulator implant. The providers at Piedmont Colorectal Associates have extensive experience with the treatment of fecal incontinence and can help to design a plan for each patient.