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Procedures - Fecal Incontinence Treatment

Treatment options


How you can begin to take control


Once your doctor diagnoses you with accidental bowel leakage (also known as fecal incontinence), you can be treated and may be able to look forward to an improved lifestyle. While there is no quick fix for your condition, there are several options available. Treatments range from simple to more complex. So, if the first thing you try doesn’t work, don’t get stressed—talk with your doctor to choose your next treatment.


Common treatments:


  • Dietary changes: Adding fiber to your diet can add bulk and make it easier to control your stools if they are watery. Sometimes avoiding certain foods like coffee, tea, or chocolate can help as well
  • Medication: Some medicines help you make bowel movements on a regular basis. These are called laxatives. Other medicines slow down the movement of stool through the bowel
  • Bowel training: These are exercises that help you relearn how to control bowel movements. One kind of bowel training is called biofeedback
  • Exercise: Strengthening exercises (called Kegel exercises or pelvic floor exercises) can help control fecal leakage. They involve contracting the muscles of the anus, buttocks, and pelvis, and then holding as hard as possible for 5 seconds, and then relaxing. A series of 30 of these exercises should be done 3 times a day
  • Injectable tissue bulking agent: Materials are injected to improve the bulk and thickness of the anal walls. SOLESTA® is an example of one of these treatments that we offer at the surgery center.
  • Surgery: These procedures include sphincteroplasty, colostomy, sphincter replacement, and sacral nerve stimulation. Many of these procedures involve the repair or replacement of a part of your anus or sphincter. With sacral nerve stimulation, a transmitting device is implanted under the skin of the upper buttock area to send electrical impulses to the nerves that control the sphincter



SOLESTA® is indicated for the treatment of fecal incontinence in patients 18 years and older who have failed conservative therapy (eg. diet, fiber therapy, anti-motility medications).


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