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Sacral Nerve Stimulation: Hope for Bowel Incontinence

When to See a Doctor:

If you frequently have uncontrolled bowel movements or if this condition impacts your daily life, it's time to consult a doctor. Seek medical advice if the issue is regular or getting worse.

There are different forms of fecal incontinence:

  • Passive fecal incontinence: You are not aware of the passing of feces.

  • Urge fecal incontinence: You feel a sudden, urgent need to defecate but can't reach the toilet quickly.

Chronic involuntary loss of stool is a humiliating, debilitating, and life-altering condition.

The first line of treatment includes changing your diet, muscle biofeedback training, and anti-diarrhea or constipating measures.

Biofeedback has shown significant results in retraining pelvic floor muscles for better-coordinated stool storage and controlled defecation.

Who Treats This Condition: Bowel incontinence is typically treated by gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, and urogynecologists—pelvic floor specialists specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction.

Sacral nerve stimulation involves stimulating the sacral nerve. Surgical options like post-anal, anterior direct, or overlapping sphincter repairs have moderate success rates.

Imagine needing to manage an urgent bowel movement during a crucial work meeting. The fear and discomfort are real for many suffering silently.

Can Bowel Incontinence Be Cured?

Treatment effectiveness depends on the cause. Muscle damage or nerve injuries can often be successfully treated with surgical interventions or pelvic floor training, potentially leading to significant improvement or cure. Chronic neurological conditions might require managing symptoms more than achieving a complete cure.

Central Florida UroGynecology has great success stories with biofeedback pelvic floor muscle training and the sacral nerve stimulator device.

Several studies with sacral nerve stimulators have shown promising results. They are even being used successfully for urinary and fecal incontinence.

The implant's results are inspiring, with some studies showing up to 40% perfect continence. The treatment's benefits can continue or even improve over time.

Minimal side effects have been reported, and the safety profile is favorable compared to other methods.

Come to Central Florida UroGynecology in Rockledge, Florida, to discuss, diagnose, and treat fecal incontinence. Our extensive experience with sacral nerve stimulators offers hope and relief to many.

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