Fecal incontinence—also known as bowel incontinence—is the inability to control bowel movements, resulting in feces (stool) to leak out of the rectum. Fecal incontinence may be accompanied by other gastrointestinal problems, including:
For many patients, there may be more than one cause for fecal incontinence. Causes may include:
Groups at risk for developing fecal incontinence include:
In the majority of adults, fecal incontinence only occurs during an occasional bout of diarrhea. However, some patients live with chronic incontinence, which can be broken down into two categories:
Tests to confirm the diagnosis of fecal incontinence include:
Treatment for fecal incontinence may include:
If you are experiencing symptoms of fecal incontinence, we encourage you to reach out and schedule an appointment at Digestive Healthcare Center today. Our team of compassionate and experienced gastroenterologists will work with you to address the issue and create a treatment plan with your needs in mind. We will ensure that you understand the “why” behind all decisions made for your health. To learn more about our gastroenterology services in NJ, please contact us today.
Digestive Healthcare Center proudly provides comprehensive care at our three office locations in Hillsborough, Somerville, and Warren, NJ. We will work with you to diagnose any condition that is present and help you find relief. We accept appointments in person at our offices, as well as convenient telemedicine virtual visits from the comfort of your home.
We are proud to offer telemedicine care to patients throughout NJ, allowing patients to consult with one of our expert gastroenterologists via a two-way video call. Setting up and completing a telemedicine visit is extremely simple, and all you need to do to get started is give one of our offices a call or contact us by filling out a form.