Follow these steps to find the right treatment, regain control and live more fully and confidently.
There are many ways to manage bowel control problems. Remember, if conservative treatments don’t deliver the results you need, you have more options.
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
Planning activities around the bathroom
Monitoring what and how much you eat
Using pads and protective garments
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
If conservative treatments don’t deliver the results you want, you have more options.
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.
This gel is injected as an implant into the anal canal to thicken the tissues and improve symptoms of chronic FI.
Several other surgical options are available, all of which bring their own unique set of risks.