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Refer to technical manual and Instruction for Use (IFU) for complete list of indications, contraindications, warnings and precautions.
"What to try first?"
If experiencing symptoms of bowel control problems, it’s time to meet with a bowel incontinence specialist. A doctor may ask prospective patients to fill out a symptom diary to get a better idea of their daily experience and confirm their diagnosis.
"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.
"What if conservative treatments don't work?"
If conservative treatments don’t deliver the results one wants, there are more options
When a prospective patient is ready to try an advanced approach, Medtronic Bowel Control Therapy delivered by the InterStim™ system can help. It targets the nerves that control the bowel to help it function normally again.
Implanting an InterStim™ system has risks similar to any surgical procedure, including swelling, bruising, bleeding, and infection. Talk with the doctor about ways to minimise these risks. Complications can occur with the evaluation, including movement of the wire, technical problems with the device, and some temporary pain. The 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.
This gel is injected as an implant into the anal canal to thicken the tissues and improve symptoms of FI.
Several other surgical options are available, all of which bring their own unique set of risks.