Your Healthcare Team

As you begin the diagnosis and treatment of your bowel control problem, you will meet a variety of medical professionals who are dedicated to providing you with the best possible care to relieve your symptoms. Be sure to talk candidly with your health care provider about your symptoms, lifestyle, and treatment concerns.

Colorectal Surgeon

This doctor is a surgeon specialising in diseases of the male and female bowel, including the small and large colon and anal canal.


This doctor specialises in women's general health, including care of reproductive organs, breasts, sexual function, and hormonal disorders. Gynaecologists also treat pelvic organ and bowel problems.


This doctor is a gynaecologist specialising in diseases of the female urinary tract and pelvic reconstructive surgery. These doctors will also treat prolapse and incontinence.

Stomal Therapy Nurse/Continence Nurse

Bowel tests are usually conducted by nurses specialising in stomal therapy or incontinence. These tests are diagnostic procedures used to evaluate your bowel function. The results of these tests will help your doctor decide which treatment is most appropriate for you.


The nurse works closely with your doctor. This expert may work with you on treatments such as Kegel exercises, diet modification, or biofeedback. This nurse will be a key contact for many of your initial questions.


Your doctor may prescribe physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles in your pelvic floor. Pelvic floor rehabilitation may include pelvic floor stimulation and biofeedback-guided pelvic floor exercises, used alone or in combination.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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