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What should I do if I have bowel incontinence?

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Dr. Carolyn Messere
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Carolyn Messere
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Dr. Denise Elser
Gynecology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Denise Elser
Dr. Denise Elser
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