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Fecal Incontinence Specialists

Alabama UROGYN -  - Urogynecology

Alabama UROGYN

Urogynecology & Gynecologic Surgery located in Fairhope, AL

Fecal incontinence can be embarrassing, but fortunately, it's highly treatable. At Alabama UROGYN in Fairhope, Alabama, board-certified urogynecologist Robert Brown, MD, FACOG, FPMRS, and his team offer advanced solutions. They use Axonics® and InterStim™ sacral neuromodulation therapy with proven results to relieve your symptoms and give you a better quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Brown and his team by phone or online today.

Fecal Incontinence Q & A

What is Fecal Incontinence?

 

Fecal incontinence, or bowel incontinence, is a condition in which you have a difficult time controlling bowel movements. You might pass stool unexpectedly at inopportune times. Leaking stool might consist of a small amount of fecal matter with gas or larger bowel movements. Fecal incontinence is often embarrassing, but treatment can offer you relief.

What are the Symptoms of Fecal Incontinence?

Signs and symptoms associated with fecal incontinence include:

  • Passing stool unexpectedly
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • A sudden urge to pass stool

 

You may have such a strong urge to pass stool that you don’t make it to the bathroom in time. Or, you might pass fecal matter unintentionally without ever feeling an urge to defecate.

What Causes Fecal Incontinence?

Numerous conditions can cause fecal incontinence. Examples include muscle or nerve damage, hemorrhoids, surgery, radiation treatment, inflammatory bowel disease, and rectal prolapse. Factors that increase your risk of developing fecal incontinence include older age, being a woman, or having physical disability or dementia.

How is Fecal Incontinence Diagnosed?

To diagnose fecal incontinence and develop a treatment plan, Dr. Brown and his team review your medical history and ask about your symptoms. To find the underlying cause of your condition, they complete a physical exam and might recommend a digital rectal exam or specialized diagnostic tests, such as imaging procedures or a colonoscopy.

 

How is Fecal Incontinence Treated?

To reduce symptoms of fecal incontinence, Dr. Brown and his staff personalize a treatment plan tailored to your needs. They might recommend:

  • Sacral Neuromodulation Therapy: Alabama UROGYN offers Axonics and InterStim sacral neuromodulation therapy. This treatment restores normal bowel control using gentle nerve stimulation that promotes better communication between your brain and bowel or bladder.
  • Medications: Taking certain medicines may help reduce fecal incontinence, depending on what’s causing your condition. Dr. Brown might recommend laxatives or anti-diarrheal medications.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Altering your diet and getting regular exercise are often effective solutions for reducing fecal incontinence. Drinking plenty of fluids and increasing your fiber intake may help.
  • Physical Therapy: Your provider can show you strength exercises that increase anal and pelvic floor muscle strength to reduce the severity or frequency of fecal incontinence.
  • Surgery: In severe cases of fecal incontinence, Dr. Brown might recommend surgical procedures to give you long-lasting symptom relief.

 

Don’t live with embarrassing fecal incontinence when numerous treatments are available at Alabama UROGYN. Book an appointment by phone or online for relief today.