We use cookies to so our web site can function correctly. By Clicking "OK" or by clicking into any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more visit the cookies section of our privacy policy.

Privacy Statement

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Cookie group mandatory

(Req)
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.
You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

These cookies are required

Functional

These cookies allow us to adtertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Marketing

These cookies allow us to advertise our products to you and allow us to pass this information on to our trusted third parties so that they can advertise our products to you on our behalf
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. No personal inforation is shared to third parties. Any personal information collected while using our website could be used for direct marketing from HCA only

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.  All information collect is annonomas unless you provide personal information to us.
If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Anal sphincter repair

Surgical treatement for anal incontinence

This surgical operation can repair a damaged sphincter and relieve anal incontinence

About

The anal sphincter is a ring of muscle that controls the exit of faeces out of your body. Sometimes, the sphincter can be damaged, usually while giving birth. When this happens, it can lead to faecal incontinence (difficulty controlling your bowels). We can carry out surgery to repair the gap and restore your normal bowel movements.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    Your consultant will make a cut in the tissue between your genitals and anus. This will help them to locate the damaged sphincter. After doing this, they'll overlap the ends of the damaged muscle to make a complete ring around the anus. They'll hold the repaired sphicnter together using stiches. The procedure takes around one hour and is carried out under general anaesthetic, which means you'll be asleep.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    You'll most likely be admitted to hospital on the day of the procedure. You may need to have an enema to clear out your bowels. You'll also meet with your anesthetist and consultant, who'll explain the procedure and asnwer any questions you might have. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    After surgery, we'll transfer you to our recovery ward where you'll stay for three to five days. We may also put on you on a drip for 24 hours to keep you hydrated. If you had a catheter (urine drain tube) inserted into your bladder during the operation, we'll remove it before you leave. Your consultant will let you know when you can leave the hospital and get back to your usual routine. They'll also explain any post-operation pain relief.
Consultant with patient

Our consultants

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

Our facilities

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

  • facility-pgh-hero-579x579

    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
back to top