Fecal Incontinence Specialist in Kansas City
Colorectal Surgical Associates, PC specializes in treating issues with the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a term that is used to refer to the group of muscles near where the rectum becomes the anal canal. One of the most common issues with the pelvic floor is incontinence. Fecal incontinence is the impaired ability to control gas or stool. Its severity ranges from mild difficulty with gas control to severe loss of control over liquid and formed stools.
Pelvic Floor-related Incontinence is a very common issue. However, many people can be too embarrassed to discuss it. It is important to discuss these issues with a doctor.
Schedule an online consultation today by calling (816) 941-0800, option 1.
What Can Cause Fecal Incontinence?
- Obstetric Injuries
- Trauma to the anal muscles
- Diminished muscle strength with age
Diagnosing The Cause for Incontinence
- A discussion and evaluation with our colorectal specialists is the first step to establish the degree of control difficulty and its impact on your lifestyle.
- A physical exam of the anal region will be performed. It may readily identify an obvious injury to the anal muscles.
- Frequently, additional studies are required to define the anal area more completely. In a test called anal manometry, a small catheter is placed into the anus to record pressure as patients relax and tighten the anal muscles. This test can demonstrate how strong or weak the muscle really is. A separate test may also be conducted to determine if the nerves that go to the anal muscles are functioning properly.
What Can Be Done to Correct The Problem?
Treatments May Include:
- Changing Your Diet
- Constipation medications
- Muscle Strengthening exercises
- Biofeedback (a form of physical therapy to strengthen the muscles)
- Surgical Muscle Repair
- Artificial anal sphincter (appropriate for nerve or muscle damage beyond repair)
- In extreme cases, patients may find that a colostomy is the best option for improving their quality of life.
Pelvic Floor Therapy and Treatment in Kansas City
Colorectal Surgical Associates, PC can diagnose and identify the key issues that are causing symptoms of pelvic-floor related incontinence and pain. If you want to learn more, call Colorectal Surgical Associates, PC at (816) 941-0800 to schedule an intake appointment.