Incontinence

Incontinence

Bowel Incontinence Treatment

Bowel incontinence is often treatable. On many occasions, it is cured completely.

Suggested treatments differ based on the cause of bowel incontinence. Sometimes, more than one treatment plan is necessary to control the symptoms.

Nonsurgical options are usually preferred as initial treatment for bowel incontinence, for example:

  • Diet
    • Consume 20 – 30 grams of fiber daily. This will make stool extra bulky and easier to control.
    • Avoid caffeine. This tends to help prevent diarrhea.
    • Drink a lot of water each day. This can prevent constipation.
  • Medication – You could try these medications to lessen the number of bowel movements and the urge to move the bowels.
    • Imodium
    • Lomotil
    • Hyoscyamine
  • Exercises – get started on a habit of regularly contracting the muscles used to control urine flow (Kegel exercises). This develops strength in the pelvic muscles and helps reduce bowel incontinence.
  • Bowel training – plan bowel movements at the same times every day. This will aid in the prevention of accidents in between.

Surgery

Surgery is appropriate for people whose bowel incontinence is not managed by noninvasive treatments. The types of surgery are:

  • Sphincter surgery - the surgeon stitches the anal muscles more tightly together in a procedure called sphincteroplasty. This surgery will treat people with bowel incontinence that is caused by a tear of the anal sphincter muscles.
  • Sacral nerve stimulator – the surgeon embeds a device that triggers the pelvic nerves. This procedure is most appropriate in individuals with bowel incontinence due to nerve damage.
  • Sphincter cuff device – the surgeon installs an inflatable cuff that surrounds the anal sphincter. The individual deflates the cuff during bowel movements and re-inflates it to prevent bowel incontinence.
  • Colostomy – this surgical procedure redirects the colon by way of an opening created in the skin of the abdomen. This procedure is only advised when all other treatments fail.

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