Treatment Options for Faecal Incontinence

There are several treatment options for faecal incontinence. Talk to your doctor about treatment options that may be suitable for you.

Behavioural Techniques

Some people can reduce the symptoms of bowel control problems with healthy lifestyle habits, diet modification, bowel retraining, and pelvic muscle exercises.


Medications may be prescribed by your doctor to help control the symptoms of your bowel control problem. The various types of medications used for bowel control problems focus on temporary resolution of the bowel issue, for example, anti-diarrhoeal medicines or laxatives for constipation.

Sacral Nerve Stimulation

Doctors may recommend sacral nerve stimulation for those people who have failed or could not tolerate other treatments. This reversible treatment uses a small implanted neurostimulator to send mild electrical pulses to the sacral nerve to reduce symptoms.

Permanent Surgical Procedures

In some cases, people choose surgery in order to mend tears in their bowel, or to assist or replace a faulty anal sphincter.

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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