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Surgical Treatment of Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence is a miserable, embarrassing problem which can severely limit a patient's social life. Treatment modalities include dietary and bowel management programs, drug therapy, biofeedback and surgery. Surgery may be necessary to correct an underlying problem causing the incontinence or to repair an injured or poorly functioning sphincter.

Topics: Bowel urgency, Fact Sheet, Incontinence

About the Author

  • Ann C. Lowry, MD, FACS

    Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN