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A 35-year-old member asked:

What should i do if i have bowel incontinence?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Bowel program: Depends if stools are normal or not. 1) avoid constipation 2) pelvic floor physical therapy, if pelvic muscles don't respond well to pt, then completely emptying the rectum in the am imay be best approach. This involves an enema or suppository each am. If a sphincter tear is present and vaginal birth was recent, then surgical repair can be helpful. Make sure colonoscopy is up to date.
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Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 23 years experience
Lots of options: Colorectal surgeons treat bowel incontinence. We have a lot of really good treatments available now, including both surgical and non-surgical options. You no longer have to limit your lifestyle because of this embarrassing condition. Make an appointment to discuss your options with a colorectal surgeon.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

I am embarrassed about my bowel incontinence. What can I do about it?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 23 years experience
See a colon surgeon: There are a lot of options these days for bowel incontinence. We have both surgical and non surgical options. Please see a colon and rectal surgeon to discuss your options. These include physical therapy, sacral nerve stimulator, solesta injection, secca procedure, and overlapping sphincteroplasty. You don't have to live with it the way it is.
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CA
A 24-year-old member asked:

Can you prevent bowel incontinence?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
Perhaps: The causes of fecal incontinence are many and if you suffer from this chronically you should see your doctor for further discussion and evaluation to determine which treatment is appropriate.
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Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
I agree. People often do not seek medical help for fecal incontinence because they don't want surgery but over half of the time it can be addressed with behavior/diet modification and/or medication. In others simple outpatient surgery may be effective
Nov 1, 2014
Last updated Nov 27, 2017
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