How may fecal incontinence be treated in the of the Chicago, IL area suburbs?
The condition in which solid or liquid matter is accidently passed from the rectum is referred to in a number of ways. Most commonly, people may refer to having a “leaky” bowel. That is, if they choose to discuss their problem. In the medical community, we call this condition accidental bowel leakage or fecal incontinence. We help our patients from the Chicago suburbs and other cities in IL handle this vexing condition. The manner in which fecal incontinence is handled may be determined by the cause of incontinence as well as the severity of the condition. Our goal in developing a treatment plan is to help the patient live as confidently and as comfortably as possible.
The good news about deciding to talk with a physician like Dr. Sanjay Gandhi about fecal incontinence is that there are solutions to be found. Many people find that they may be able to minimize the accidental expression of stool or mucus by changing medications or by making certain alterations to their diet. In some instances, a combination of therapies may be involved.
- Body pads provide men and women with mild bowel leakage the advanced protection they need to enjoy their active lifestyle. Body pads are similar to the pads designed for urinary incontinence. These products are incredibly discreet, nothing like the “diaper” undergarment one may envision. To learn more about body pads for fecal incontinence, contact the Park City, Woodstock, or Lake Forest, IL office of Dr. Sanjay Gandhi.
- Kegel exercises are performed by women affected by urinary incontinence and those who wish to maintain tighter pelvic floor muscles. Kegels, while often regarded as beneficial for urinary incontinence, can also provide a way to strengthen muscles related to bowel control. The challenge with this form of treatment is proper performance, which we encourage with specific assistance.
- Medications or specific dietary habits may be instituted to improve the consistency of stool, thus providing relief from incontinence related to looseness. In a private consultation with an experienced physician, you can learn which type of medication, if any, is best suited to solve the problem of fecal incontinence.
Partners in Pelvic Health North Shore Urogynecology offers compassionate care with a great deal of understanding that discussing matters such as fecal incontinence can be difficult. Contact us today to schedule a visit in one of our friendly offices.