Fecal incontinence, bowel incontinence, stool leakage. All terms that describe a very common problem, namely the involuntary release of stool by persons who cannot control this process every second of the day.
The causes of fecal incontinence are manifold, and may include such diverse health concerns as injury, infection, and Crohn’s Disease.
Treating Fecal Incontinence
In most cases, your proctologist will prescribe medication and some behavioral measures to combat fecal incontinence. But as of this week there may soon be a new option on the horizon. The Mayo Clinic is spearheading a pilot study into a new device that could be a game changer for many people:
The Fenix Continence Restoration System is an anal sphincter sizing tool made up of a titanium beads with magnetic cores connected by a titanium wires, forming a ring. The magnetic beads minimize involuntary opening of the anal sphincter, offering patients greater control of their bowels.
We have yet to see how well this device works, and whether it will introduce new complications in these initial human patients. It is a clever design, using magnetism to create an attractive force that mimics the sphincter’s natural tendency to close on its own. Whether it works as advertised remains to be seen.
Until that time, we have some of the best treatments for fecal incontinence in Southern California. For the very latest news and information about incontinence in Los Angeles and throughout California, stay with the experts at the Proctology Institute.