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What Causes Fecal Incontinence?

There’s no reason for you to feel embarrassed or overwhelmed by your symptoms — fecal incontinence is much more common than you think. In fact, an estimated 5.5 million Americans can’t control their bowel movements.

However, with the right treatments, many sufferers of fecal incontinence find relief.

Our specialist at NUWA WORLD, Dr. Uzoma Nwaubani, has over two decades of experience working with patients suffering from fecal incontinence and she understands your worries and concerns about seeking professional help. 

Read on to get a better understanding of the condition, including the causes of stool leaks and the medical solutions available.

How fecal incontinence manifests itself 

Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements. Due to this condition, stool leaks may occur on occasion. They may also occur regularly, which indicates a complete loss of bowel control.

There are two types of fecal incontinence: urge incontinence and passive incontinence. People who can’t stop their urge to defecate or can’t control their bowel movements until they reach the toilet suffer from urge incontinence. Those who aren’t aware that they need to pass stool suffer from passive incontinence. 

Both types of fecal incontinence are associated with gas, bloating, and diarrhea. 

Fecal incontinence causes 

Possible causes of fecal incontinence include muscle damage, nerve damage, chronic constipation, rectum surgery, hemorrhoids, and vaginal prolapse in the rectum. 

At times, a faulty signal from the brain can also cause dysfunctions. For example, patients who’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury may experience bowel loss control, but their symptoms tend to improve after rehabilitation.

You may also be at a higher risk for developing fecal incontinence if you’re overweight, a smoker, or 65 years old or older.

Fecal incontinence treatment 

Since so many scenarios can lead to fecal incontinence, working closely with us to identify the cause of your stool leaks is vital to the success of your treatment.

Treatment for fecal incontinence may include weight loss, nutritional changes, and pelvic muscle exercises. In some cases, Dr. Nwaubani may recommend surgery.

When to see a doctor 

If you can’t stop your urge to defecate or you aren’t aware when your stools are leaking, you may benefit from seeking medical help. Dr. Nwaubani has extensive experience in treating fecal incontinence and is aware of all of the challenges — both physical and emotional — that this condition brings. 

Contact us by phone or online to schedule an appointment at our office in Wildwood, Florida, to get expert guidance and support from an empathetic staff.

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