Bowel disorders can be distressing, and some people can be reluctant to discuss them and seek help. Without treatment, bowel disorders can worsen and affect many aspects of daily life, including our jobs and relationships. But there is effective treatment, and at Providence our specialists provide sensitive, compassionate care tailored to your unique condition.
Bowel disorders involve the inability of the body to control bowel functions. This may be related to an underlying bowel disorder—such as irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease—or may be related to the muscles of the pelvic floor. Women whose rectal muscles have been injured in childbirth are at higher rates of bowel problems, even years after childbearing is finished.
Treatment for bowel disorders will depend on the cause and severity of the disorder. Your comprehensive care team at Providence will work with you on a treatment plan that could include:
Surgeons at Providence specialize procedures to maximize your quality of life and allow you to recover in the shortest time possible.
If surgery is right for you, the specialists at Providence will work with you to choose the best option. There are two types of surgery that are commonly performed to address fecal incontinence: