Fecal (Bowel) Incontinence in Dallas, TX
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What is fecal (bowel) incontinence?
Fecal (bowel) incontinence occurs when a patient experiences difficulty controlling bowel movements, resulting in stool leaking from the rectum. This condition may arise for a brief period of time during a short-term case of diarrhea or it may be persistent. Fecal incontinence can be observed in patients who have nerve damage from illness or spinal cord injury, chronic constipation, or hemorrhoids. If you struggle with fecal incontinence, you may feel shame or embarrassment, and navigating everyday life may prove difficult. Treatment with an expert gastroenterologist can help you manage your condition and lead a more normal routine. Call Digestive Health Associates of Texas in Dallas, TX to locate a facility in your area where you can receive treatment for fecal incontinence.
How is fecal (bowel) incontinence diagnosed?
Your GI doctor can perform a variety of tests that help determine the cause and severity of your fecal incontinence.
- High-Resolution Anorectal Manometry: This test measures the strength of the anal sphincter and the level of sensation in the rectum.
- Colonoscopy: A scope is inserted through the rectum and run through the colon to inspect your internal structures.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): A form of diagnostic imaging, an MRI can provide pictures of the anal sphincter to inspect its condition.
When the cause and severity of fecal incontinence have been identified, your gastroenterologist can discuss different treatment options for you.
How is fecal (bowel) incontinence Treated?
Depending on the cause and severity of your bowel incontinence, there are a variety of treatment options that might prove effective in helping you lead a more normal routine. Some of those treatment options may be:
- Anti-diarrheal medications
- Physical therapy
- Bowel training
- Sphincteroplasty surgery
- Surgical correction of rectal prolapse
To discuss these and other possible treatment options with a gastroenterologist, contact Digestive Health Associates of Texas to locate a center near you.
Treatment to help with fecal incontinence
If you or a loved one struggles with chronic fecal incontinence due to an injury, illness, or unknown causes, there is hope for the management of symptoms so that you can lead a better quality of life. Our gastroenterologists at Digestive Health Associates of Texas can help diagnose and treat your fecal incontinence, offering both support and practical methods for alleviating this embarrassing condition. If you have fecal incontinence, seek professional treatment right away. To find a specialist at a facility near you, contact Digestive Health Associates of Texas in Dallas, TX.
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