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Conditions We Treat: Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence, also called bowel incontinence, is the inability to control bowel movements. Fecal incontinence affects as many as 12 million adults, and more often affects women and older adults. Symptoms may include bowel urgency and accidental loss of stool.

If you are suffering with fecal incontinence, trust your care to the Johns Hopkins Women’s Center for Pelvic Health and Reconstructive Surgery.

Fecal Incontinence Treatment: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

  • Our expert team understands the sensitivity around uncontrolled bowel leakage, and we strive to provide compassionate care that alleviates your pain and discomfort and restores your quality of life.
  • We work closely with our patients to identify the unique causes of their incontinence and create tailored treatment plans. Our experts have advanced training in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders and offer a broad spectrum of treatment options, including muscle training, nerve stimulation, minimally invasive surgeries and reconstruction.

Fecal Incontinence Treatment: What to Expect

A complete evaluation will allow your doctor to offer you the right solution for your care. Diagnostic procedures may include:

  • A complete medical history and physical, including a review of medications and prior surgeries. If you have had treatment for this condition in the past, review of your records will be helpful.
  • Radiology tests or measurements to evaluate potential nerve injury, blockages and muscle functioning may be recommended.
  • Diagnostic procedures, such as a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy to visualize the colon, may be recommended.

Following your evaluation, we will review treatment options with you to develop a care plan that best meets your needs. Noninvasive techniques, such as muscle rehabilitation, nerve stimulation, injections and other therapies, can successfully resolve many cases of bowel incontinence. Surgical repairs and reconstruction may be recommended in more severe cases.

Our Specialists

Pelvic health team poses in white coatsThe Pelvic Health & Reconstructive Surgery Center Team.

Our team of urogynecologists partners with a multidisciplinary team of colorectal surgeons, nurse practitioners and physical therapists who work together to ensure that you are restored to wellness and a greater quality of life using the least invasive interventions available. To make an appointment with our urogynecology team, please call us at 443-997-0400.

Urogynecology Experts

Grace Chen, M.D.
Danielle Patterson, M.D.

Partnering Specialists

Colorectal Surgery

Alodia Gabre-Kidan, M.D., M.P.H.
Susan Gearhart, M.D.

Gastroenterelogy

Ellen Stein, M.D.

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