Faecal incontinence

Bowel incontinence

A common condition affecting around one in 10 people at some point in their life

About faecal incontinence

Faecal incontinence is a very distressing condition that tends to effect the elderly. However, it can affect younger patients and in particular women following difficult obstetric deliveries. Our consultants can diagnose and treat the condition.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of bowel incontinence icon plus

    Symptoms may include:

    • A sudden urge to defecate that you can't control
    • Soiling yourself without realising you needed to go to the toilet
    • Passing a piece of faeces when passing wind

    These symptoms may affect your daily life and routine, for example going on public transport or socialising. They may happen every day or from time to time.

  • Diagnosis icon plus

    Your consultant will investigate the function of the nerves and muscles in your anus to identify the likely causes of your faecal incontinence. This will help them to develop a management plan.
  • Potential bowel incontinence treatment options icon plus

    Common treatments include:

    • lifestyle and dietary changes
    • exercise programmes to strengthen the muscles in your rectum and anus
    • medication to control the symptoms of constipation and/or diarrhoea
    • surgery to treat the known cause treatments can lead to you maintaining normal bowel function throughout your life

Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.
Consultant with patient

Our locations

From complex gastric surgery to test and diagnostic procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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