Because of the stigma and embarrassment attached to bathroom problems, fecal incontinence is an underreported condition. At his offices at Cedars-Sinai, located in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, colorectal surgeon Yosef Nasseri, MD, FACS, FASCRS, offers judgement-free effective treatments for fecal incontinence. To learn more about the condition and find out what’s causing you to lose control of your bowels, call the office in Beverly Grove, or request an appointment online today.
Fecal incontinence, also called bowel incontinence, is a condition that causes you to have difficulty holding in your stool. If you have a mild version, you might notice that a bit of feces comes out when you pass gas. In more severe cases, the condition can cause you to empty your bowels completely with little or no warning.
People with normal continence, or ability to hold in their stool, have the physical capabilities to know when it’s time to take a trip to the bathroom. If you have the symptoms of fecal incontinence, Dr. Nasseri may perform tests to make sure that your nerves and muscles in your rectum are working normally.
There are several possible causes of fecal incontinence. Your fecal incontinence might have more than one cause, and Dr. Nasseri can help you find out what it is. Here are some common causes of fecal incontinence:
Fecal incontinence is especially common in people 65 or older because the muscles in your bowels get weaker with time. If you’ve had a treatment like radiation that causes your muscles to stiffen, you might also be at a higher risk of developing fecal incontinence.
Dr. Nasseri provides the most effective and up-to-date treatments for fecal incontinence. Your treatment plan might include:
Dr. Nasseri selects your medication based on what’s causing your fecal incontinence. Laxatives can treat constipation-related fecal incontinence, and antidiarrheal drugs can treat diarrhea-related incontinence.
Dr. Nasseri evaluates your diet to find out which foods might be making your condition worse. He might advise you to eat more fiber or cut out fatty, greasy snacks.
Biofeedback is an exercise therapy used to strengthen the muscles in your bowels. During biofeedback, Dr. Nasseri uses a pressure-sensitive probe to measure the strength of your sphincter.
Dr. Nasseri is a top implanter of devices called sacral nerve stimulators. The device stimulates your sacral nerves, which go from your spinal cord to your pelvic muscles. Electrical pulses from the sacral nerve stimulator encourage your pelvic muscles to become stronger and more controllable.
If you can’t make it to the bathroom in time, don’t feel embarrassed about finding help. Call Yosef Nasseri, MD, or request an appointment for treatment today.