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Conditions We Treat: Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence, also called bowel incontinence, is the inability to control bowel movements. It can range from an occasional leakage of stool to a total lack of bowel control.

Signs and symptoms can include leaking stool when you cough or pass gas, or passing stool before you can reach a toilet.

Fecal Incontinence: What You Need to Know

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  • Experts believe one in 12 adults experience fecal incontinence.
  • Women are more likely than men to have fecal incontinence.
  • In cases of moderate to severe fecal incontinence, causes include damage to the pelvic floor muscles, poor health and large hemorrhoids.
  • Treatment varies from person to person, depending on the severity of the case. Treatments may include muscle training, electric stimulation or surgery.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of fecal incontinence?

Women's Pelvic Health Team at Johns Hopkins

Our Physicians

Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you manage fecal incontinence.

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Our Treatments

At Johns Hopkins, our goal is to offer you the most minimally invasive treatments possible to restore your health. Our specialists offer the full range of techniques and procedures, including:

  • Bowel training
  • Nerve stimulation (mild electrical pulses sent to nerves in the lower back to help manage bowel function)
  • Minimally invasive surgery

Learn more about treatments for pelvic floor disorders at Johns Hopkins.

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Our Patient Care

Our experienced pelvic health specialists have advanced training in pelvic floor disorders. Our goal is to reduce the pain, discomfort and embarrassment that can come with fecal incontinence by providing an effective and compassionate treatment plan.



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Our Locations

With convenient locations throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area, we make it easy for you to seek the care and treatment you need to manage your fecal incontinence.

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Whether you're crossing the country or the globe, we make it easy to access world-class care at Johns Hopkins.

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