Fecal Incontinence

Incontinence (leakage) of stool can significantly alter one’s life. Our physicians are well versed in the use of ultrasound and anal manometry as a means of helping to diagnose and treat the causes of anal incontinence.

Causes of Fecal Incontinence

There are many causes of fecal incontinence. Injury during childbirth is one of the most common causes. These injuries may cause a tear in the anal muscles. The nerves supplying the anal muscles may also be injured. While some injuries may be recognized immediately following childbirth, many others may go unnoticed and not become a problem until later in life. In these ¬situations, a prior childbirth may not be recognized as the cause of incontinence.

Anal operations or traumatic injury to the tissue surrounding the anal region similarly can damage the anal muscles and hinder bowel control. Some individuals experience loss of strength in the anal muscles as they age. As a result, a minor control problem in a younger person may become more significant later in life.

Contact us today to make an appointment and learn more about the treatment of Fecal Incontinence.