Fecal Incontinence: Treatment and Management

Fecal or bowel incontinence is the unintentional loss of gas or stool. It is caused due to the failure of components that help the body to control the evacuation of stool or flatus. This is one of the most common bowel control problems, and many people shy to talk about their bowel problems or seek medical advice on time.

Different treatment options can help you regain bowel control. Your doctor can suggest a treatment analyzing the cause of incontinence. For bowel problems, you should always consult colon and rectal specialist who can suggest you changes in the diet and provide medications. Your doctor can also recommend a surgery if other treatments fail.

Treatment Options

Dietary Changes

Dietary changes are suggested to improve the consistency of your stool and prevent incontinence. Here are some diet do’s and don’ts:

In case of constipation

  • Drink plenty of water. (At least 7-8 glasses of water in a day)
  • Eat foods that are rich in fiber such as whole grains, vegetables, cereals, and fruits, etc.
  • Eat smaller meals frequently
  • Stay active as much as possible

In case of diarrhea

  • Avoid eating spicy or oily foods, dairy products, alcohol, smoked meat, caffeine, etc.
  • Eat fiber-rich foods

Medications

Medications also help in improving the consistency of stool by slowing down the movement of food through the intestine. With this, water can be fully absorbed in the colon, and you will get sufficient time to get to the bathroom when you feel the urge to evacuate. Some of the medications for fecal incontinence treatment are:

  • Fiber supplements
  • Antidiarrheal drugs
  • Laxatives and stool softeners

Note: Don’t take any medication, without consulting your doctor.

Surgery

Your doctor can also suggest surgery for treating fecal incontinence. Some of the surgical treatments for fecal incontinence are:

  • Sphincter repair
  • Surgery for rectal prolapse
  • Colostomy (For severe incontinence)

There are some more advanced treatment options like Solesta, Sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) or Interstim that your surgeon can suggest considering the type of incontinence. He/she can also suggest bowel training or exercises for controlling your bowel movements.

These were the treatment options for Fecal Incontinence. If you are looking for a certified Colon and Rectal surgeon in Los Angeles, get in touch with Dr. Karen Zaghiyan M.D., who is specialized in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of Fecal Incontinence. She is a board-certified colorectal surgeon with advanced training in colorectal surgery. Book your appointment today!