As you begin the journey to diagnose and treat bowel incontinence, you may meet a variety of medical professionals dedicated to giving you their best possible care. It’s important to be open and up-front with your health-care providers about your symptoms, lifestyle, and treatment concerns.
Gastroenterologists specialize in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and liver. These experts are often responsible for research involving gastrointestinal procedures and interpreting research results.
Colorectal surgeons are experts in both surgical and non-surgical treatment of colon, rectum, anus, and small bowel problems. They treat benign and malignant conditions, conduct routine screening examinations, and perform surgery when necessary.
Gynaecologists specialize in women's general health, including care of reproductive organs, breasts, sexual function, and hormonal disorders. Gynaecologists also treat pelvic organ and pelvic floor problems.
Urogynaecologists specialise in diseases of the female urinary tract and pelvic reconstructive surgery. They also treat bowel problems, including bowel incontinence.
Urologists are surgeons who specialise in diseases of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Some urologists have specific experience in the treatment of incontinence.
A nurse or nurse practitioner typically works closely with your doctor. He or she may answer questions, and advise you on treatments such as pelvic floor exercises, diet modification, or physical therapy.
Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in your pelvic floor. Pelvic floor rehabilitation may include pelvic floor stimulation and biofeedback-guided pelvic floor exercises, used alone or in combination.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.