There are many ways to manage bowel control problems. Remember, if conservative treatments don’t deliver the results you need, you have more options.
"What is happening to me?"
If you’re experiencing symptoms of bowel control problems, it’s time to meet with a bowel incontinence specialist. Your doctor may ask you to fill out a symptom diary to get a better idea of your daily experience and confirm your 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 for me?"
If conservative treatments don’t deliver the results you want, you have more options.
If you're ready to try a different approach, Medtronic bowel control therapy delivered by the InterStim™ systems can help. This therapy targets the nerves that control your 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 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 FI.
Several other surgical options are available, all of which bring their own unique set of risks.
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.