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Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence is a common condition where a person has difficulty controlling bowel movements, leading to accidental leakage of stool from the rectum. This can occur with or without the person's knowledge, and it can be a source of embarrassment and reduced quality of life. 

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Symptoms
Diagnosis
Risk Factors
Prevention

Symptoms of Fecal Incontinence

Symptoms of fecal incontinence include uncontrollable leakage of stool or gas, urgency to have a bowel movement, and decreased awareness of the need to pass gas or have a bowel movement. Encopresis, a condition characterized by fecal soiling, is a type of fecal incontinence that is more common in children and is often associated with constipation.

Diagnosis of Fecal Incontinence

Involves a physical examination of the rectum and anus, as well as medical history and possibly imaging tests or procedures to assess the anal sphincter and rectum function. Patients may also be asked to keep a diary of bowel movements to track the frequency and consistency of stool.

Risk factors for Fecal Incontinence

Risk factors for fecal incontinence include age, female gender, childbirth trauma, obesity, nerve damage, and certain medical conditions such as diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease. 

Prevention for Fecal Incontinence

To prevent fecal incontinence, it is essential to maintain good bowel habits by eating a high-fiber diet, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, and avoiding constipation.

Dr. Diego Marines is a healthcare professional who specializes in the treatment of fecal incontinence. He can provide a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's condition, including diagnosis, assessment of the severity and type of incontinence, and identification of any underlying medical conditions or risk factors. With his expertise, Dr. Marines can offer personalized recommendations for treatment and prevention of fecal incontinence.

Treating Fecal Incontinence

Treatment of fecal incontinence varies depending on the severity and underlying cause of the condition. Some options may include dietary changes, medications, biofeedback therapy, and surgical interventions. Dr. Diego Marines can help patients explore these options and determine the best course of treatment for their individual needs. 

Why choose Dr. Marines for Fecal Incontinence treatment?

Dr. Marines is a highly skilled and experienced colon and rectal surgeon In Houston. Is dedicated to providing his patients with the highest quality of care and attention, using the latest techniques and technologies to deliver excellent outcomes.

His expertise and experience in treating fecal incontinence make him an excellent choice for patients seeking effective, compassionate care.

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Fecal Incontinence Frequently Asked Questions

What are the common causes of fecal incontinence?
Fecal incontinence can be caused by a variety of factors, including damage to the nerves or muscles in the rectum and anus, chronic diarrhea, constipation, surgery, childbirth, and certain medical conditions such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis. It can also be a side effect of certain medications.
How is fecal incontinence diagnosed?
If you are experiencing fecal incontinence, it is important to see a healthcare provider. Your provider may perform a physical exam, including a rectal exam, and may order additional tests such as anorectal manometry, a colonoscopy, or imaging tests to determine the cause of your symptoms.
What are the treatment options for fecal incontinence?
The treatment options for fecal incontinence depend on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. In some cases, lifestyle changes such as a high-fiber diet, regular exercise, and bowel training can be effective. Medications such as anti-diarrheals, laxatives, or muscle relaxants may also be prescribed.

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