Rockledge, Florida

Marja Sprock, M.D., FACOG, FPMRS Board Certified
Fellowship Trained Urogynecologist

Now Accepting New Patients      Phone:  321-806-3929

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Fecal Incontinence -- More Common Than You Think!
by: Marja Sprock, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.P.M.R.S board certified

Fecal incontinence or Accidental Bowel Loss (ABL) is an embarrassing problem few people would admit to. An estimated third of patients suffering with the condition has discussed this with their physicians. ABL is a frequent, distressing problem with often a devastating impact on people’s lives. In epidemiologic studies, at least 2% of us are estimated to be bothered by fecal incontinence. Since it is still quite taboo, the real number is presumably much higher.

Severity of incontinence, reason for incontinence and treatment options are various. Several medical specialties treat different aspects of ABL. The primary care physician, gastroenterologist, colorectal surgeon and urogynecologist can all work together to eliminate or attenuate the problem.

There is a difference between fecal incontinence, involuntary loss of a bowel movement, or fecal soiling.

Soiling can be due to inadequate hygiene, prolapse of hemorrhoids and or rectum. With ABL., lack of hygiene is usually the last problem, since the awareness of the smell and the chance of discovery of the debilitating problem, makes for extra vigilance. People usually carry clean underwear or diapers and wipes anywhere.

The sign to eliminate often comes on quickly and will demand a run, cut in line to get on the toilet, similar to urinary urgency or overactive bladder. Some are not even that “lucky” and are caught by surprise.

Do not think ABL happens in your grandmother and great aunt, it may just as well be the problem of the college professor or student in the class or maybe your closest friend.

Some have an urge to go and awareness when they are going to have a bowel movement, others are caught by surprise. For some the problem occurs daily, for others once a month. Generally, it is very difficult to hold liquid stool for a long time, just remember your last diarrhea attack. It often helps to attempt to make stool more solid with the help of medications and/or food. A colonoscopy, an exam of the colon with a small camera, is often indicated with incontinence due to diarrhea or sudden change in bowel habits.

General health questions and diet questions, like use of coffee, fiber, milk products, sweets, gluten etc. are important, in addition to questions about stool consistency, frequency and urgency. You can expect an exam of the abdomen, anal, perineal (between vagina and rectum) and vaginal area. Diet usually has more influence on our stool habits and consistency than we would like to admit. Lactose intolerance or sensitivity as well as gluten sensitivity can be a factor or a diet too high in sweets. It often requires an honest look at your diet. Those chocolate donuts on sale may be a ticket to uncontrollable bowel movements for 2 days.

Diseases like diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis inflammatory bowel diseases, dementia, stroke, gallbladder removal, traumatic birth experiences, back problems can all have an impact. ABL occurs often because of multiple reasons, often after the compensation mechanism of the broken part gives out. Some people have had radiation in the area for a different disease or have had a hemorrhoid removal or surgery on the anal sphincter.

Sensation in the area will also be checked, since nerve injury can have occurred with childbirth, trauma or back injury. The main nerve providing innervation to the anorectum (anus and above) originates in the lower back and can also cause urinary problems.

Pelvic floor/support exercises, anal tightening, “Kegel exercises”, are all terms to strengthen the muscles in the lower gastro-intestinal/urogenital area and achieve more control. Training and biofeedback for ABL often takes more time investment than for urinary incontinence, however can bring significant improvement. It is often amazing what pelvic muscle training with biofeedback can achieve.

Vaginal delivery could cause a tear in the anal sphincter and if immediate repair was not optimal or came apart, can lead to problems years later. Later repairs are less successful and especially if problems occur 30 years later, nerve stimulators have a higher success rate. A large bulge of the rectum into the vagina or rectocele is often cause for incomplete emptying and stool loss and can be repaired.

The FDA approved Interstim® device for fecal incontinence has expanded the treatment options and chance of successful treatment significantly. The sacral nerves are involved in the sensation and passive and active muscle control of the anorectum. Interstim® has brought a completely new realistic treatment option for the patient with ABL and has been used successfully for years in Europe and the United States. The Interstim is inserted to intermittently stimulate the sacral nerve and establish enhanced control. The insertion is minimally invasive, like a pacemaker, and a tester device can be inserted in the office.

ABL, debilitating as it is, can be improved or cured, depending on the cause. There is usually more than one reason for the incontinence and it often manifests when the compensation mechanism fails. Sometimes there is an underlying disease contributing and cannot be cured.

Careful evaluation and indicated testing should be performed before therapy is started. If your ABL is only with liquid stool, it is difficult for anybody to hold the extreme urge and low consistency of liquid. Some will benefit from diet changes, others from muscle training and surgery or nerve implantation devices may be the answer.

Fecal incontinence, ABL -- more common than you think, but nowadays with good successful treatment options at your pelvic floor health center: Central Florida UroGynecology in Rockledge

Marja Sprock, MD trained under former AUGS president David Richardson, MD at the renowned Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She is board certified in OB/GYN and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

Katrina Davis, M.D. trained at the academic center in Arkansas, UAMS and is board certified in OB/GYN and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

Central Florida UroGynecology in Rockledge, FL offers academic level care in a private practice setting.

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