Fecal Incontinence Surgery at Tampa General Hospital
Fecal incontinence surgery is a viable treatment option for many of the millions of individuals who are dealing with incontinence. Characterized by the inability to control the passing of solid or liquid stool, this condition primarily affects elderly individuals and can have a number of causes, such as injury to the sphincter muscles, certain neurological diseases, and inflammatory bowel disease.
For individuals with fecal incontinence, typically non-surgical treatments will be considered first. These options can range from medications, such as anti-diarrheal drugs, to physical therapy, such as bowel training. However, in patients with severe incontinence or for those who have not benefited from non-invasive treatments, fecal incontinence surgery may help provide relief.
There are several kinds of surgery available to address the varying causes of incontinence. These surgeries include:
- Sphincteroplasty – This surgery involves strengthening a weakened or damaged sphincter and is commonly used for women who experience incontinence after childbirth.
- Colostomy – Stool is diverted through an opening in the abdomen, where it can be evacuated through a special bag.
- Sacral nerve stimulator – This device is implanted under the skin and with electrical pulses, stimulates the nerves of the pelvis to decrease incontinence symptoms.
At Tampa General Hospital’s Endoscopy Center, we offer a wide range of treatments to help patients find relief from fecal incontinence. Our multidisciplinary team will perform a comprehensive examination to assess the cause and severity of the condition before recommending the treatment that is likely to produce the best results. It is our commitment to providing outstanding, patient-centric care that has earned us a place on U.S. News & World Report’s list as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (ranked #24) as well as Best Florida Hospital for Gastroenterology & GI Surgery for 2020-2021.
To find a colon and rectal surgeon who performs fecal incontinence surgery, access Tampa General Hospital’s Physician Finder or call 1-800-833-3627.