Fecal incontinence is a medical term for loss of bowel control or accidental bowel leakage (ABL). Although few people talk about this condition, over 46 million Americans have it. It affects 20 percent (1 in 5) of people over age 65,

What Causes Fecal Incontinence or ABL?

ABL is not a normal part of aging. Possible causes include hemorrhoids, pelvic floor muscle weakness, childbirth injuries, inflammatory bowel disease, rectal tumors, nerve injuries and neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. More often than not, however, ABL is caused by weak nerve signals controlling the muscles of the rectum, which leads to lost sensation when trying to pass stool.

What is Interstim Therapy?

If you’ve experienced the embarrassment and lost dignity of fecal incontinence accidents or staining, you should know that a simple nerve study could be right for you. Don’t let ABL control your life. This nerve study is a test to check whether your network of muscles and nerves is the culprit.

The Interstim® minimally invasive treatment procedure only takes about 30 minutes in our outpatient center. Interstim therapy is proven to eliminate or greatly reduce accidental bowel leakage and staining. If previous therapies have failed you, you’ll find Interstim therapy much simpler with greatly reduced recovery time when compared to other surgical options. Interstim gives you the ability to control bowel movements and block abnormal signals that cause leakage. Interstim requires no hospital stay and no time away from work.

What is Sacral Nerve Stimulation?

When there’s nerve damage, sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) is an increasingly preferred treatment for the problems that result. SNS is electrical stimulation therapy that involves implanting a programmable Interstim stimulator for the sacral nerve. The sacral nerve controls daily pelvic floor, bladder, urethral sphincter and bowel function. SNS directly stimulates that nerve, which causes repeated muscle contractions. As the muscles strengthen over time, the symptoms of fecal incontinence diminish and may even disappear completely.

Despite the myth, having a device implanted is neither painful nor major surgery. Implanted in the hip fat pad, the device is only slightly larger than a quarter. There are no restrictions on your activity once the Interstim device is in place. And since the sacral nerve is a peripheral nerve (not a spinal nerve), the procedure is extremely safe.

At Gastroenterology Consultants, we are extremely passionate about and committed to helping anyone who suffers from accidental bowel leakage (ABL). Nothing would make us happier than to restore your activity level, confidence and quality of life.

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