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Which physician treats bowel incontinence?

Which physician treats bowel incontinence?

Colorectal surgeons: 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. ...Read more

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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 should I consult a doctor if a loved one has bowel incontinence?

How should I consult a doctor if a loved one has bowel incontinence?

To cope...: Show you genuine willingness to help and support... So, it's said: Life is a process of constant struggle to cope with reality, certainty, & uncertainty of daily living for survival, growth, & continuation. With these in mind, you will become more capable to learn and retain what you learn when, where, what, & how to timely help & support the loved one. And ask Doc for more specific guides... ...Read more

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What surgical operations are done to treat bowel incontinence?

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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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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Can you prevent bowel incontinence?

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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Minor bowel incontinence. Also have bulging discs L4 to S1. are the two related or would the incontinence be due to digestive issue?

Minor bowel incontinence. Also have bulging discs L4 to S1. are the two related or would the incontinence be due to digestive issue?

Not normal: Bowel incontinence is not normal, and if you have a history of bulging discs, this symptom could be a red flag for irritation to the spinal cord. Please see a doctor for evaluation ASAP. ...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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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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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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I am embarrassed about my bowel incontinence. What can I do about it?

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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What suggestions are there to control bowel incontinence with multiple sclerosis? Is the incontinence permanent when it develops with ms?

Suggestions: Generically, I like to start with increased amounts of fibre into the diet. Would avoid stimulants such as caffeine and also, alcohol. Would want to be certain that there is no added co-morbidity, such as a colonic cancer which can be causing issues. ...Read more

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I'm 4 mo pregnant w/ my 3rd child (all c-sections)& I'm having bowel incontinence issues. This has never happened before. Is there anything I can do?

I'm 4 mo pregnant w/ my 3rd child (all c-sections)& I'm having bowel incontinence issues. This has never happened before. Is there anything I can do?

Discuss with OB: You should discuss this with your obstetrician. Also, at the visit, ask of a referral to a colorectal surgeon either before or after delivery would be appropriate to help determine the cause, and come up with a treatment plan. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I am having leg weakness and bowel incontinence. I feel pressure in my lower back. It is getting worse day by day. What should I do?

Here are some. ..: You should see a professional now to make sure of no nerve compression to spinal cord by disc herniation. Don't wait. Best wish. .. ...Read more

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My grandpa 85 year has bowel incontinence specially stool. He takes a lot of sugar in a day. Is this common in this age or there is any cure for this?

My grandpa 85 year has bowel incontinence specially stool. He takes a lot of sugar in a day. Is this common in this age or there is any cure for this?

Here are some. ..: Cure is impossible but doing something to help modify his current dysfunctions in various aspects of life is highly possible. To do so, collect & bring the info on onset, degree, duration, interval, evolution, progress, & resolution of his symptoms and their potentially related discomforts over time to doc for analysis + exam + tests so to deduce possible Dx for reasonable Rx, care, counseling... ...Read more

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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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Can bulges at l3-l5 weaken sphincter muscle and cause some degree of bowel incontinence?

Bulges and bowels: Not likely. Bulges are not likely to cause many symptoms. In fact, using study data, bulges are actually more normal than not. So bulges do not imply any symptoms. You would need severe pressure on the nerves with obvious spinal stenosis (which could be aggravated by bulges if you had congenital abnormalities). So relax. May be a fissure, or other bowel issue that a GI doc would solve. ...Read more

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Can compression of nerves in the thoracic spine cause bowel incontinence and moderate back pain?

Can compression of nerves in the thoracic spine cause bowel incontinence and moderate back pain?

Yes and No: Compression of the spinal cord in the thoracic spine can cause bowel incontinence and is a medical emergency. Compressed nerves will not cause incontinence but can result in back pain or pain traveling into the ribs, abdomen or upper leg. Bowel incontinence is the most concerning symptom. Go see you doc. ...Read more

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Does fecal incontinence involve a strong urge to have a bowel movement? Or do you generally expel without warning?

Does fecal incontinence involve a strong urge to have a bowel movement? Or do you generally expel without warning?

Either: Fecal incontinence refers to loss of bowel control, which can mean involuntary loss of gas, liquid stool or solid stool. Some people with bowel incontinence experience fecal urgency or a strong, sudden urge to move their bowels & may not always make it to the toilet. Others cannot sense the urge and soil their undergarments with solid stool w/o awareness. ...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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I have hydrocephalus and suffering from bowel incontinence is ya poop supposed to be watery and mustard looking?

Are you sick?: Your stools may be loose because of the food you are eating, or the intestine has lost its ability to move normally... Your medications and your electrolytes may change. ...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

Maybe: It really depends on what's 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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How to know if slight urine/maybe bowel incontinence is related to issues like bulging discs in neck, stenosis, tingling, numbnes in arms, etc...?

MRI and EMG: The bottom nerves in the spinal, cord innervate the vowel and bladder. Any incomtinence should be evaluated immediately. Uro dynamic evaluations for bladder by a urologist and bowel pressure reading by a proctologist can determine significance. Reviewing MRI and EMG data from the lumbar spine area nerves can also held determine contribution from spine pathology ...Read more

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I have l3-4 spinal stenosis and left para central herniation. Would pressure from herniation affect sphincter muscle and cause minor bowel incontinence?

Lumbar Radicilopathy: Disc herniation has to cause severe compression of the nerve roots (cauda equina) to result in bowel and bladder problems. Usually it will cause back or leg pain, . ...Read more

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Cn meningitis cause slurred speech, stiffness in leg n arm, bowel incontinence, poor recognition power all together? Hw long it takes to cure fully?

Cn meningitis cause slurred speech, stiffness in leg n arm, bowel incontinence, poor recognition power all together? Hw long it takes to cure fully?

Meningitis: Yes, all of these can conceivably occur due to meningitis and secondary encephalitis. Cure will depend upon the cause of the meningitis and the therapy employed, the duration of illness before onset of treatment, the prior condition of the person infected, and other factors. ...Read more

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Irritable bowel syndrome or fecal incontinence? I have constipation, a smell lingering, moist anus when I walk or sit, and anus feels loose when I sit

Irritable bowel syndrome or fecal incontinence? I have constipation, a smell lingering, moist anus when I walk or sit, and anus feels loose when I sit

Fecal leakage?: Occasional incontinence of stool with fecal leakage is common, but loss of bowel control particularly without warning may signal a significant infection, inflammatory problem, maldigestive concern, or neurologic disorder. Sometimes, particularly in youths, the condition is behavioral. Alternatively, your odor problem is skin-related or neurologically-based (olefactory mis-sense). What's doc say? ...Read more

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I am a healthy 19 yr old yet I've been experiencing frequent bowel movements, fecal incontinence, and blood on my tissue paper. What is this?

Please see GI: Your symptoms are concerning and would recommend a visit either with PCP or GI. Etiology could be infectious or some other process like autoimmune or neoplastic ...Read more

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Diagnosed wid TB meningitis my frnd HS slurred speech, stiffness in leg n arm, missing periods, bowel incontinence. Will it go with time wid TB meds?

Diagnosed wid TB meningitis my frnd HS slurred speech, stiffness in leg n arm, missing periods, bowel incontinence. Will it go with time wid TB meds?

TB Meningitis: The sequalae of TB meningitis may improve with TB treatment and physical therapy. Some symptoms may persist, it is hard to predict which symptoms may persist. ...Read more

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How do doctors test for fecal incontinence?

How do doctors test for fecal incontinence?

Tests: Anal manometry and electromyogram are the two essential tests, you will have to find colorectal department, may be in a university hospital because usually these tests are not performed by all practicing colorectal surgeons. ...Read more

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My 10year old ds child has pull through operation to treat the hd when he was 3 months old and still has fecal incontinence. Is there any treatment?

Time for re-exam: Hirschprung's disease (hd) or something unrelated? There are lots of potential issues here--including dysmotility, pelvic floor dysfunction, proctitis (infectious, inflammatory bowel), behavioral (not uncommon), non-gi related (gynecologic, urologic, neurologic). Child will likely benefit from GI transit testing, anal manometry, defecography, GI and urogenital exams. Be well... ...Read more

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What to do if I'm in my early 20's and I have fecal incontinence. How do I fix it?

What to do if I'm in my early 20's and I have fecal incontinence. How do I fix it?

See a doctor: I would follow up with a urogynecologist or colorectal surgeon for a full evaluation. Fecal incontinence can occur because of damage to the sphincter muscle or from nerve disorder. In the meantime, try increasing fiber in diet or with supplements. Sometimes a more firm stool is easier to hold in. Look for Butterfly pad at Target or Walmart, pad made for fecal incont. ...Read more

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What is Fecal incontinence a risk factor for?

Fecal incontinence is a risk factor for:: Urinary incontinence, Overactive Bladder, Urge incontinence, Stress bladder Incontinence. ...Read more

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What products work best for fecal incontinence?

What products work best for fecal incontinence?

Full evaluation: Inestigation includes anal manometry and ultrasound prior to deciding on treatment ptions. ...Read more

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What could cause fecal incontinence while jogging?

What could cause fecal incontinence while jogging?

Weak sphincter: Irritable bowel syndrome hemorrhoids strain on your system increased motility. Please discuss with doc. ...Read more

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What are some of the tests for Fecal incontinence?

The tests for Fecal incontinence include:: Anorectal manometry, C reactive protein, Complete blood count, Electromyography, MRI of entire spine with and without contrast, Free T4, Rectal biopsy, Sigmoidoscopy, Stool culture, Sweat chloride test, Thyroid stimulating hormone, Tissue transglutaminase IgA, Xray of abdomen. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Fecal incontinence?

Loosing feces: It means loosing feces without being able to control lt. There are many conditions that cause it. A thorough medical evaluation is needed to assess its cause. ...Read more

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What are some of the risk factors for getting Fecal incontinence?

The risk factors for getting Fecal incontinence include:: Constipation, Diabetes, Episiotomy, Forceps delivery, Hemorrhoids, Hirschsprung disease, Mental disorder, Multiple sclerosis, Rectal prolapse. ...Read more

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Selecting diaper for fecal incontinence. Any recommendations?

Selecting diaper for fecal incontinence. Any recommendations?

Seek other options: There other options including sacral nerve stimulation in the treatment of fecal incontinence ask your primary care doctor for a referral to a colorectal surgeon that does interstim. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Beard
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Incontinence (Definition)

Incontinence denotes involuntary leaks of body wastes from urethra or anus; that from urethra is urinary incontinence, which may be classified as stress, urge, mixed (stress + urge), total, & overflow urinary incontinence, signifying its timing & specifics; that from anus is fecal incontinence, which may be urge, stress, total, etc. Reflecting the ...Read more


Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Bowel Incontinence (Definition)

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 ...Read more