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What should i do if i have bowel incontinence?

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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.
Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 22 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 35-year-old member asked:

Is bowel incontinence common?

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Dr. Denise Elser
Specializes in Gynecology
Not rare: Still a topic that people are afraid to talk even to docs about, so real #s are underestimated. Bowel control is complex and can be affected by consipation, diarrhea, any nerve damage to the lower rectum, pelvic muscle tone, diabetes, neuropathy, spinal stenosis, overall activity level, weight and diet can all play a role.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of bowel incontinence?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Nerve or muscle prob: Liquid or solid? Can you tell it's happening or not? Sometimes caused by effects of pregnancy and/or birth trauma on nerves or muscles. Sometimes caused by nerve damage due to disc disease, injury, tumor, dementia, multiple sclerosis; sometimes caused by brain issues, seizure, stroke, increased pressure, or normal pressure bulging/hydrocephalus- usually causes urinary incontinence). See md.
A 41-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Carolyn Messere
Colon and Rectal Surgery 22 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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A 24-year-old member asked:

Can you prevent bowel incontinence?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 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.
Dr. Jerome Yaklic
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 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

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