Fecal Incontinence (cont.)
Treatments for Bowel Incontinence
Bowel incontinence is usually treatable. In many cases it can be cured completely.
Recommended treatments vary according to the cause of bowel incontinence. Often, more than one treatment method may be required to control symptoms.
Nonsurgical treatments are often recommended as initial treatment for bowel incontinence. These include:
Diet. These steps may be helpful:
Medications. Try these medicines to reduce the number of bowel movements and the urge to move the bowels:
Methylcellulose can help make liquid stool more solid and easier to control. For people with a specific cause of diarrhea, such as inflammatory bowel syndrome, other medications may also help.
Surgery may be recommended for people whose bowel incontinence is not helped by noninvasive treatments. The types of surgery include:
Newer, nonsurgical procedures are also available to treat bowel incontinence, such as:
These minimally invasive procedures can reduce bowel incontinence in some people, without the risks of surgery. Because they are relatively new, their long-term effectiveness and safety aren't as well known as other treatments.
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