Fecal, or bowel, incontinence is the inability to regulate bowel movements. It can be common among the elderly. Accidental bowel leakage is typically not an indication of something serious. However, it can affect daily life and a person’s self-confidence. Effective treatments used at the office can include:
The most frequent cause of bowel incontinence is an injury to the muscles surrounding the anus. Vaginal childbirth and anal surgery can damage the anal sphincters, or their nerves, which can cause the condition. Other causes can include:
Multiple causes often affect the person and occasionally there may not be a clear cause.
Discussing the problem can be a little strange but it will be helpful to remember that the doctor is there to help. To make sure that the right treatments are used, the doctor may perform a physical examination of the strength of the anal sphincter. Other tests can include:
Our practice accepts most major insurance plans and most of the smaller insurance plans. If we do not participate with your insurance and your plan allows out of network benefits, our office staff will assist you with the necessary paperwork so you can receive reimbursement directly from your insurance company. If you do not see your insurance listed below, please call the office to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members about your individual coverage.