Fecal Incontinence Treatment near Kansas City
What is Fecal Incontinence?
Sometimes referred to as bowel incontinence or anal incontinence, fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements, causing an unintentional passing of solid or liquid stool or mucus from the rectum. Fecal incontinence can occur in people of any age, but it is more common in adults over the age of 50. Fecal incontinence is also slightly more common in women. The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC) estimates that 18 million or more people in the United States suffer from fecal incontinence.
Common causes of fecal incontinence include diarrhea, constipation and muscle or nerve damage associated with age or giving birth.
The expertly trained colorectal surgeons at Colorectal Surgical Associates specialize in diagnosing and treating fecal incontinence. Our specialists will take the time to fully evaluate your symptoms in order to determine the treatment option that is right for you. Call (816) 941-0800 to schedule an appointment at one of our offices near Kansas City today!
What are the Symptoms of Fecal Incontinence?
If you have had any of the following conditions your risk of experiencing Fecal Incontinence can be increased:
- Muscle damage or weakness
- Inability to hold a bowel movement before reaching the toilet
- Nerve damage
- Inability to control the passing of gas or stools
- Gas or Bloating
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
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How is Fecal Incontinence Treated?
Once a correct diagnosis is made by our team, approaches to successfully treat fecal incontinence can begin. Treatments may include one or a combination of the following:
Eating, Diet, and Nutrition
Since the food you eat affects stool consistency and how quickly it passes through the digestive system eating diet and nutrition are important.
- Eating the correct amount of fiber. Fiber adds bulk to stool and makes it softer and easier to control.
- Drinking sufficient fluids. Eight, 8 ounce glasses of liquid each day may help prevent constipation. Liquids with caffeine may cause diarrhea.
- Using a Food Diary.
Bulk laxatives such as Citrucel and Metamucil, to develop more regular bowel patterns may help.
Antidiarrheals such as loperamide or diphenoxylate may be recommended to slow down the bowels and help control the problem.
Pelvic Floor Exercises
Pelvic floor exercises may strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and improve bowel control. Additionally, Biofeedback therapy that uses sensors to tell if patients are using the correct muscles may also be helpful.
Where constipation is involved, developing a regular bowel movement pattern can help relieve fecal incontinence.
Surgery may be an option if fecal incontinence fails to improve after other treatments are tried, or if it is caused by pelvic floor or anal sphincter muscle injuries. A Sphincteroplasty, the most common type of surgery used, can reconnect the separated ends of a sphincter muscle torn by childbirth or another injury.
Sacral neuromodulation (SNM) is a proven treatment option for managing the symptoms of overactive bladder (OAB), non-obstructive urinary retention or fecal incontinence (FI) for people who have not found success with more conservative treatments.
SNM stimulates the sacral nerves, which control the bladder and bowel and muscles related to urinary and bowel function. If the brain and sacral nerves do not communicate correctly, the nerves will not tell the bladder or bowel to function properly, which can cause bladder or bowel control problems. SNM targets this communication problem by stimulating the nerves with mild electrical pulses.
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