Faecal incontinence is the leakage from the bowel due to poor bowel control.
Faecal incontinence affects up to 15-25% of Australian men and up to 10-13% of Australian women (Australian Instiute of Health and Welfare, 2006).
Surgical treatment of FI should only be reserved for patients with severe incontinence. ? Proctosigmoidoscopy allows investigation of the rectum and lower colon. Anal electromyography tests for nerve damage.
The first step in improving bowel control is to have a full continence assessment carried out by a health professional.