By Matthew Bailey, MD, Lexington Clinic Colorectal Surgeon
The issue of unexpected bowel movements can be embarrassing to talk about, but according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is not uncommon. Approximately half of the older American population struggles with incontinence.
But there is an option for patients treat this inconvenient condition and successfully reduce the number of accidents a patient may have: Sacral Neuromodulation.
Sacral Neuromodulation, more commonly known as Bowel Control Therapy, is an FDA-approved option for patients who have tried alternative means of bowel control without success. This method of treatment utilizes a low amplitude electrical stimulation targeted at the sacral nerve to give patients better, and more, control over their bowel movements. During a minimally-invasive procedure performed at the physician’s office or outpatient center, a thin wire is inserted into the upper buttock and then attached to a small external device, which can be worn under clothing. Once inserted, the device can provide up to 5 years of relief to the patient.
Following the procedure, step-by-step instructions and a guide are given on how to use the controller, which can start or stop the treatment at any time. Additionally, the device can be inserted for a trial period to determine if the treatment is right for the individual.
To learn more about Bowel Control Therapy, and if it may be right for you, please call (859) 258-4271 to speak with someone today. You can also fill out the Bowel Symptom Questionnaire in the link below to give your physician a better understanding of your individual needs.
Matthew Bailey, MD, is a board-certified surgeon at Lexington Clinic specializing in colorectal surgery. He provides colorectal surgical services including advanced laparoscopy for colon cancer, rectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease, treatment of hemorrhoids, anal fistulas, anal fissures, ostomy complications, fecal incontinence and screening colonoscopy.
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