Fecal incontinence, also bowel incontinence, anal incontinence or accidental bowel leakage is a loss of control over defecation, including gas, liquid stool, mucus or solid feces. Fecal incontinence is a symptom, not a diagnosis. It may result from several factors and most have more than one cause contributing to fecal incontinence. Causes may include obstetric injury combined with menopause, anorectal surgery, structural anorectal abnormalities, trauma, perianal fistula, neurological disorders, constipation, or fecal loading, cognitive and/or behavioral dysfunction, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or disability.
We will work with you to determine the probable causes of fecal incontinence, beginning with taking a complete medical history, asking you about your symptoms, bowel habits, diet, medication and other medical issues. We will examine you to assess the resting pressure and voluntary contraction you have, and determine if there are any other mechanical causes. We will determine if there is a defect in your rectum, that it cannot hold enough, test for nerve damage, look for signs of disease, scar tissue, inflammation or tumors.
The symptoms of fecal incontinence may worsen over time. It is important for you to call (860) 826-3880 and set up an appointment so that we can assess you and determine probable causes so that you can get your life back.
Depending on the various causes of your fecal incontinence, your treatment will vary, from diet, medication, evacuation aids, pelvic floor exercises, and surgery. We are certified in the latest advancements in the treatment of fecal incontinence including but not limited to Solesta injections, Sacral Nerve neuromodulation with Interstim. Our whole practice is related to getting you well and allowing you to get your life back.