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Fecal Incontinence

What is Fecal Incontinence?

Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements, causing stool (feces) to leak unexpectedly from the rectum. Also called bowel incontinence, fecal incontinence ranges from an occasional leakage of stool while passing gas to a complete loss of bowel control. Common causes of fecal incontinence include diarrhea, constipation, and muscle or nerve damage. The muscle or nerve damage may be associated with aging or with giving birth.

Treatment Options

Biofeedback (various techniques that teach patients bladder and pelvic muscle control by giving positive feedback when the patient performs the desired action) may help with this disorder. 

Sacral Neuromodulation (Interstim)

InterStim Therapy is approved for the treatment of overactive bladder, fecal incontinence, and urinary retention in patients who have failed or could not tolerate more conservative treatments, such as medication. InterStim Therapy first received FDA approval in 19971 and has since been provided to more than 100,000 patients worldwide. A potential patient first undergoes test stimulation for 3 to 7 days to see if the therapy might work for her or him. The process to place the test system will occur in either the office, ambulatory surgical center, or the hospital and is a simple noninvasive procedure.

If the test stimulation period is successful and the patient has an improvement in her or his symptoms, the patient may proceed with long-term InterStim Therapy. Clinical studies have shown that for many patients, InterStim Therapy has successful long-term results. Additionally, most insurance payers, including Medicare, will cover the procedure.



[1] FDA approved since 1997 for urge incontinence, and since 1999 for urinary retention and urgency-frequency.


EMSELLA™ is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for stress urinary incontinence and urge incontinence.

It is the first device of its kind and is FDA-cleared for treating urinary incontinence and vaginal laxity in women. It utilizes High-Intensity Focused Electromagnetic technology (HIFEM) to cause deep pelvic floor muscles stimulation and restoration of the neuromuscular control.





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