Fecal Incontinence

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Fecal incontinence, also known as bowel incontinence, is loss of control of bowel movements, causing unexpected fecal leak from the rectum. It is more common among women than men.

Causes include:

Fecal Incontinence — Dr. Bidhan Das

Bidhan Das, MD, a colorectal surgeon at Houston Methodist’s Center for Restorative Pelvic Medicine, defines fecal incontinence, lists causes and symptoms and suggests ways the condition can be treated.

Diagnosing Fecal Incontinence 

Your doctor will ask about your medical history and symptoms and perform a physical examination to assess your anal sphincter muscle. Procedures include:
• Ultrasound
Anal manometry
• Defecography – also known as evacuation proctography, evaluates pelvic floor muscles and rectum during a bowel movement
• Pudendal nerve testing – determines whether the pudendal nerve in the pelvis correctly functions

Treating Fecal Incontinence 

Houston Methodist doctors will discuss your condition and determine your personalized treatment plan. Options may include:
• Diet changes
Pelvic floor physical therapy
• Medications
• Surgery

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