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Faecal Incontinence

What is Faecal Incontinence?

Faecal incontinence, or bowel incontinence refers to the inability to control one’s bowel movements, causing stool to leak from the rectum. Faecal incontinence varies in severity, from occasional leakage while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control.

Faecal incontinence can be distressing to patients, but it is a treatable condition.
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What Causes Faecal Incontinence?

Faecal incontinence occurs when there is poor bowel control, which can be caused by a plethora of factors, some of which include:

Muscle damage
Bowel disease
Nerve disorders
Severe diarrhoea

Faecal incontinence can also result in skin irritation, emotional distress and is disruptive to daily activities. If you are suffering from faecal incontinence, it is strongly recommended that you check in with a doctor to determine the cause and treatments available.

There are various types of treatments for faecal incontinence; and our doctors will advise you on the most suitable one for you following careful evaluation.
How is Faecal Incontinence Treated?
Because faecal incontinence is typically the result of another underlying condition, treatment for incontinence is dependent on the cause. Serious cases may require surgery, and Dr Dennis Koh and Dr Sharon Koh are experienced in the following procedures:
This procedure reconnects the separated ends of an anal sphincter that is torn from childbirth or another injury.
Artificial Anal Sphincter
The artificial anal sphincter refers to a cuff being implanted in your anus that can be inflated or deflated on demand. Inflating the cuff controls the passage of stool.
Colostomy opens a hole in the abdomen, and stools are collected in a bag on the outside of the abdomen instead of passing through the anus. This is usually only used as a last resort as this is the most drastic measure to treat incontinence.
If faecal incontinence is caused by other underlying conditions such as haemorrhoids, rectal prolapse or a rectocele, colorectal surgery may be performed to treat those conditions as well.
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