Bowel control problems affect tens of millions of people every day. If you’re one of them, you should speak up.
TO LESS WORRY
Chronic fecal incontinence (FI) is a treatable condition. It’s not a normal part of aging. And you shouldn’t have to deal with it on your own.
DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
· Frequent bowel accidents
· Avoiding social events
· Using pads to manage leaks
FI IS EXTREMELY COMMON
1 IN 12 ADULTS HAS FI<sup>1, 2</sup>
People with FI reported5
· More depression
· More embarrassment
· Lower quality of life compared to people without FI.
Just say: “I think I might have chronic FI” and let your doctor take it from there.
After the therapy, I slowly started doing things I really enjoyed, like being out with my friends and singing again, things that really brought me such a joy.– Kelly S. Experiencing relief with Medtronic Bowel Control delivered by the InterStim™ system
My new normal is, I no longer wear protection. I do not have accidents, and I wouldn’t consider myself incontinent unless I turn the therapy off.– Lauren H. Experiencing relief with Medtronic Bowel Control delivered by the InterStim system
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