Bowel Incontinence, Treatment Information, Options and Causes in Chattanooga, TN
Incontinence is the impaired ability to control gas or stool. Its severity ranges from mild difficulty with gas control to severe loss of control over liquid and formed stools. Incontinence of stool is a common problem, but often it is not discussed due to embarrassment. Both bladder and bowel incontinence are problems that tend to increase with age.
There are many causes of incontinence with injury during childbirth being one of the most common. Other causes include anal surgery or injury to the anal muscles, anal infections, and diminished muscle strength with age. A minor problem in a younger person may become more significant later in life.
In the past, patients with no hope of regaining bowel control required a colostomy. Fortunately today, there are many treatment options: non-surgical, office-based, and minimally invasive surgery, depending on the cause and severity of the incontinence.