Fecal incontinence is a common condition involving a loss of bowel control, resulting in a leaking of stool from the rectum, which often occurs while passing gas. This condition may develop as a result of constipation, diarrhea, or from damage to the muscles or nerves that control bowel movement release. Other factors such as aging and childbirth may also contribute to fecal incontinence and can significantly affect a person's quality of life.
This condition occurs most often in older adults, and is also more common in females because of the relation to childbirth, although both men and women of any age can be affected. Although it may be embarrassing to discuss, fecal incontinence is a common condition affecting millions of patients each year, and should receive proper medical attention so that patients can engage in their everyday activities without the worry of incontinence.
More severe conditions may require surgery to correct structural damage. Surgery may include a sphincteroplasty, which repair a damaged anal sphincter, or a colostomy to collect any fecal matter. These procedures are usually reserved for patients who have not responded to life modifications. Dr. Kim will determine the most effective treatment approach for your individual condition.