Find out how we can cure FI.
FI can be upsetting and miserable to manage. Many won’t discuss this issue with their providers but 18% of the population suffer from this condition. Thankfully with the right FI provider, there are therapies to reduce the leakage or even cure this disease.
The usual cause of FI is a problem with the muscles or nerves in the rectum and anus. Normally, they work together to control bowel movements. People with FI, however, are not always able to control their bowel movements.
One of the biggest risks for FI is injury to the anal sphincters during vaginal delivery trauma. Even if a tear is repaired, damage to the bowel muscles and nerves can progress with time. As we age, our pelvic muscles weaken. Thus, bowel control problems can also occur later in life.
Other factors that increase your risk for FI include:
Proper bowel control relies on a complex system of nerves and muscles. A careful intake of your health history is reviewed. Your FI provider will review your prior child delivery experience if you are a female.
The provider will examine your anal area and perform a rectal exam to assess tone. Often further testing is not necessary prior to treatment but patients should be up to date on their colonoscopy.
Treatments range from behavioral changes and physical therapy to procedural and surgical options:
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy