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Fecal Incontinence Specialist

The Woman’s Center

Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery located in Mesa, AZ and serving the greater Phoenix, AZ area.

Don’t let embarrassment about fecal incontinence keep you from getting the treatment you need to move comfortably and confidently through life. Ryan Stratford, MD, MBA, FACOG, Kelly Kantartzis, MD, MS, FACOG, Peter Jeppson, MD, FACOG and the dedicated team at The Woman’s Center offer a number of fecal incontinence treatments that can put a stop to your leakage. To learn more, call their Phoenix-area office in Mesa, Arizona, or schedule your appointment online today.

Fecal Incontinence

What is fecal incontinence?

Fecal incontinence is a condition in which you’re unable to control your bowel movements. It can range in severity from minor leakage to a complete loss of bowel control. 

Regardless of the scope of your fecal incontinence, it’s probably something you want to resolve as quickly as possible. That’s why The Woman’s Center specializes in treatments for this condition.


How is fecal incontinence diagnosed?

To offer you the most effective treatment, they first need to understand the root cause of your incontinence. Some of the causes for fecal incontinence include:

  • Muscular damage (this is common during childbirth)
  • Nerve damage (also common during childbirth)
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

The Woman’s Center uses endoanal ultrasound and manometry as a diagnostic tool to identify the abnormalities in your bowels that are resulting in incontinence. 

During this diagnostic procedure, your specialist inserts a small probe into your rectum. They work with you to ensure this process is comfortable. 

This probe feeds images to a screen where The Woman’s Center can analyze them to diagnose the cause of your fecal incontinence. Then, they tailor a treatment plan for you.


How is fecal incontinence treated?

In some cases, medication, dietary changes, and specific exercises are sufficient to help you correct fecal incontinence. The Woman’s Center also offers a range of surgical treatments for fecal incontinence, including:

Anal sphincteroplasty

During this surgical procedure, one of the highly trained and experienced reconstructive surgeons at The Woman’s Center works to repair the damaged muscles that are causing your incontinence. 

Sacral neuromodulation

This treatment is designed to help when your fecal incontinence is the result of the nerves that should control your bowel movements not communicating properly with your brain. During this surgical treatment, electrodes are placed near the nerves to control them. 

Rectovaginal fistula repair

If an abnormal connection between your vagina and rectum is contributing to your incontinence, The Woman’s Center team uses this surgical procedure to close it. 

Don’t let fecal incontinence rob you of your self-confidence. Call The Woman’s Center or book your appointment online today. 

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