It’s a common misconception that older people are the only ones who suffer from fecal incontinence.
But, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, nearly 18 million Americans are suffering with the bowel control problem*. Fecal incontinence, which is the inability to hold bowel movements until reaching a toilet, is usually caused by more than one thing. Causes can include:
Nerve damage – If the nerves that sense stool in the rectum or the nerves that control the anal sphincter have been damaged, it can cause fecal incontinence. Some conditions that might cause nerve damage include Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.
Childbirth – If you have a difficult childbirth or if your vaginal delivery involves an episiotomy, which is an incision that makes it easier for a baby to pass through the birth canal, you’re at a greater risk for fecal incontinence.
Anal Surgeries – Surgical treatments might be necessary to treat another condition, but they can also damage the nerves and muscles in the anal region.
Chronic Constipation – Constipation causes a mass of dry stools, which can eventually weaken the intestines and allow watery stools to leak out.
Diagnosing Fecal Incontinence and Treatment in Atlanta
Consult the colorectal specialists at Piedmont Colorectal Associates in Atlanta if you’re struggling with fecal incontinence. Our colorectal specialists will diagnose you by asking you questions about your symptoms and pinpoint the cause by doing a variety of medical tests, including digital rectal exams, balloon expulsion tests, anal manometry, anorectal ultrasonography, colonoscopy, and more.
After properly diagnosing and pinpointing the cause of your fecal incontinence, the colorectal doctors at Piedmont Colorectal Associates will give you the proper treatment so you can experience better bowel control.
Call (404) 351-7900 to schedule an appointment today.