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Doctor insights on: Recurring Bowel Incontinence

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What are the causes of bowel incontinence?

What are the causes of bowel incontinence?

Many: There are many causes of incontinence, or loss of control of bowel function. Neurologic injury, such as spinal trauma; neurologic disease such as ms; injury to the sphincer muscle by surgery or even childbirth can cause this as well. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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How is bowel incontinence typically treated?

How is bowel incontinence typically treated?

Disrupted or weak: Anal sphincter but also diarrhea or ibs unfortunately people wait until the muscle gets to far gone to do much with. Sphincter repair, biofeedback and neuroma dilation r therapies now, but slings are in govt trials right now. ...Read more

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Is bowel incontinence common?

Fecal Incontinence: Fecal incontinence is estimated to occurs in some 5% of the population. The most common cause in the United States is the trauma of vaginal childbirth, particularly if a tear occurred or if a posterior midline episiotomy was performed. It is often not brought by patients and not asked about by doctors. It is treatable and manageable in most cases, with attention to diet, meals, a bowel journal. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have bowel incontinence?

What should I do if I have bowel incontinence?

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bowel incontinence?

What is the definition or description of: bowel incontinence?

See below: Bowel incontinence is the loss of bowel control, leading to an involuntary passage of stool. This can range from occasionally leaking a small amount of stool and passing gas, to completely losing control of bowel movements. Causes are numerous but include neurological, psychiatric, gynecologic, dietary and traumatic causes. Referral to a colorectal surgeon can determine the cause. ...Read more

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

Bowel leakage : Is upsetting and embarassing. A GI doctor or colorectal surgeon or urogynecologist can help evaluate the problem and suggest treatments. ...Read more

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With bowel incontinence, should you be more worried when you can't feel when it happens? What does this mean as opposed to if you can? Not full bm occu

With bowel incontinence, should you be more worried when you can't feel when it happens? What does this mean as opposed to if you can? Not full bm occu

Maybe: It really depends on whats going on, but the less sensation the mor need to treat soon and try to trstore function to avoid an unfixable problem. ...Read more

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What surgical operations are done to treat bowel incontinence?

Depends on cause: For example, incontinence caused by inflammatory bowel disease is often treated medically, with surgery (removal of part or all of the colon) as a last resort. Celiac disease, caused by a gluten allergy, can often be treated by changing diet. Incontinence caused by an anatomic problem such as a disrupted anal sphincter can be treated with physical therapy or surgery. ...Read more

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Can you prevent bowel incontinence?

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. ...Read more

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Does long term use of movicol cause dependency or bowel incontinence? Thanks in advance

Does long term use of movicol cause dependency or bowel incontinence? Thanks in advance

Neither: Movicol does not cause dependency. In a Dutch study in children, bowel incontinence episodes actually decreased after taking the equivalent drug (polyethylene glycol with electrolytes, the generic version of movicol) for 8 weeks. ...Read more

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Fecal Incontinence (Definition)

Fecal incontinence is a condition in which there is lack of bowel movement control. While it is normal in infants, fecal incontinence can be due to nervous system or gut problems such as ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more