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YOUR JOURNEY TO RELIEF

Follow these steps to find the right treatment, regain control and live more fully and confidently.

FIND YOUR WAY TO REAL RELIEF

There are many ways to manage bowel control problems. Remember, if conservative treatments don’t deliver the results you need, you have more options.

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STEP 1: 
DIAGNOSIS

"WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME?"

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of bowel control problems, it’s time to meet with a bowel incontinence specialist. This doctor may ask you to fill out a symptom tracker to get a better idea of your daily experience and help confirm your diagnosis.

Symptoms of chronic fecal incontinence (FI) include:

Frequent bowel accidents

  • Inability to resist the urge to go
  • Inability to feel when you need to go

Planning activities around the bathroom

Monitoring what and how much you eat

Using pads and protective garments


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STEP 2: 
CONSERVATIVE TREATMENTS

"WHAT SHOULD I TRY FIRST?"

Conservative treatments can help some people, but may not work very well (or at all)
for others. All of these are relatively simple behavioral changes that you may already
be doing.

  • Dietary modification: Changes may include adjusting fiber intake or eliminating troublesome foods.
  • Bowel retraining: Also called biofeedback, this aims to improve bowel sensation, coordination, and strength.
  • Medication: Anti-diarrheal medication may provide some relief.

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STEP 3: 
ADVANCED THERAPIES

"WHAT IF CONSERVATIVE TREATMENTS DON’T WORK FOR ME?”?”

If conservative treatments don’t deliver the results you want, you have more options.

MEDTRONIC BOWEL CONTROL THERAPY DELIVERED BY THE INTERSTIM SYSTEM

  • Try it during an evaluation
  • Proven long-term relief

Implanting an InterStim™ system has risks similar to any surgical procedure, including swelling, bruising, bleeding, and infection. Talk with your doctor about ways to minimize these risks. Complications can occur with the evaluation, including movement of the wire, technical problems with the device, and some temporary pain. Your doctor or nurse will provide you with the information regarding how to operate the test device, and inform you of other precautions related to the evaluation and activity restrictions.

DEXTRANOMER AND SODIUM HYALURONATE

This gel is injected as an implant into the anal canal to thicken the tissues and improve symptoms of chronic FI.

  • Does not address bowel-brain communication
  • May cause unpleasant side effects

OTHER SURGICAL OPTIONS

Several other surgical options are available, all of which bring their own unique set of risks.

  • Anal sphincter repair
  • Artificial sphincter
  • Colostomy
  • Antegrade colonic enema (ACE)