Surgical Procedures for Fecal Incontinence

Surgical Procedures For Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence is characterized by an inability to control bowel movements. If nonsurgical methods are not sufficient for controlling fecal incontinence, the colorectal surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital are highly experienced in the use of other options.

Sacral Nerve Stimulation

One of the latest technological advances for treating bowel incontinence, sacral nerve stimulation is a reversible treatment for people with bowel control problems in whom other treatments have not been successful. A small pacemaker-like device is implanted under the skin and stimulates the sacral nerve in the lower back to restore bowel control.

Surgery for Fecal Incontinence

Our colorectal surgeons use minimally invasive approaches to treat anal sphincter, anal canal, and pelvic floor injuries as well as rectal prolapse (protrusion of the rectum from the anus). We often use robotic technology to see inside the pelvis and perform very delicate procedures, such as ventral mesh rectopexy—the surgical insertion of a mesh to improve the suspension and support of the rectum in the abdomen.