Fecal Incontinence

Fecal Incontinence

Questions: What treatments are available for Accidental Bowel Leakage?

Answer: Accidental Bowel Leakage(ABL) also known as Fecal Incontinence is not a part of the aging process. Many common causes include inappropriate diet, frequent diarrhea/constipation or damage to the rectum or surrounding nerves. ABL is a complex medical issue and there area a variety of therapy options available to help. Typically, treatment begins with conservative therapy. Dietary changes such as adding fiber or avoiding coffee, tea, and chocolate can help regulate the digestive tract. Medications can be taken to assist in regulating bowel movements. There are also bowel training exercises such as biofeedback as well as Kegel or pelvic floor exercises that may be tried. If conservative therapy is mildly effective or ineffective, there is now a bulking agent called Solesta that can be injected into the anal walls to thicken the tissues and prevent stool from passing through unintentionally. This is a painless procedure that can be done in the office without anesthesia. It is a safe option to surgical intervention. Surgery should be reserved for patients with ABL when other conservative treatments have failed. Fecal Incontinence is not a natural part of life. Don’t let ABL control your life. Call your doctor today to ask about treatments.