Fecal Incontinence Treatment

At Suffolk Pelvic Medicine, we know that living with fecal incontinence can significantly impact your quality of life, which is why we offer the most effective fecal incontinence treatments for women. Those looking for an effective and long-lasting solution that can alleviate the symptoms of this condition can benefit from a fecal incontinence treatment plan. Serving Riverhead and Long Island, NY, we hope to make a difference in our community by helping women who have had a hard time finding help anywhere else.

What Is Fecal Incontinence?

Fecal incontinence is a condition where you lose control of your bowel movements, leading to involuntary release of stool. This can impact individuals of any age and varies from occasional minor leakage to complete loss of bowel control.

What Causes Fecal Incontinence?

The causes of fecal incontinence are diverse and can include muscle damage or weakness, nerve damage, and conditions affecting stool consistency. Childbirth, aging, and certain surgeries can contribute to the weakening of the anal muscles, and diet and lifestyle can sometimes play a role in the development of fecal incontinence. 

What Is Axonics Stimulator Therapy for Fecal Incontinence?

Axonics Stimulator Therapy is a treatment option designed to address bowel incontinence through the modulation of sacral nerve signals. This method involves the use of a small, implantable device that directly interacts with the nerves controlling bowel function. The therapy is for those who have not found relief through other treatments and can offer a new avenue for improving daily living and achieving a reduction in episodes of bowel incontinence.

How Does Axonics Stimulator Therapy Work?

The process begins with a minimally invasive procedure where a small device is placed near the sacral nerves, responsible for controlling the bowel. This device emits mild electrical pulses that modulate nerve activity to improve bowel control. It has adjustable stimulation levels to allow for personalized comfort and effectiveness. Over time, this therapy aims to enhance the communication between the brain and the nerves involved in bowel movements, leading to improved control and reduced incidents of incontinence.

What Are the Benefits of This Fecal Incontinence Treatment? 

  • Minimally Invasive: This approach to managing fecal incontinence requires only a small incision, reducing recovery time and the risk of complications compared to traditional surgery. Patients typically experience minimal discomfort and can return to their daily activities shortly after the procedure.
  • Long-Lasting Relief: Patients who undergo this treatment often report sustained improvement in controlling their bowel movements. The long-term effectiveness of this therapy provides an improvement in the quality of life for those suffering from fecal incontinence.
  • Adjustable Treatment: With the personal remote control, patients have the freedom to adjust the level of therapy, which allows the treatment to be both effective and comfortable over time.
  • Treatment for Both Bowel and Bladder Incontinence: This therapy can offer a dual solution, effectively addressing both bowel incontinence and bladder incontinence. By treating two conditions, many patients can enjoy a broader range of improvements in their daily lives.

Additional Treatments for Fecal Incontinence

Diet and Lifestyle Changes

Making dietary adjustments can impact the management of certain types of fecal incontinence. By incorporating fiber-rich foods, maintaining hydration, and avoiding irritants like caffeine and spicy dishes, patients can achieve more regular bowel movements and improved control. Integrating exercise into daily routines can strengthen pelvic floor muscles, which can contribute to better bowel function. These lifestyle modifications, combined with medical advice, can offer a holistic approach to alleviating symptoms associated with fecal incontinence.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Bowel Incontinence Treatments

Who Is a Good Candidate for Axonics Stimulator Therapy?

Women experiencing chronic symptoms of fecal incontinence that have not responded to conventional therapies may be ideal candidates for Axonics Stimulator Therapy. It’s particularly suited for patients seeking a long-term solution without the drawbacks of more invasive surgeries. A consultation with our specialists can help determine if this innovative therapy aligns with your health needs and lifestyle.

How Is the Axonics Device Implanted?

The Axonics device is implanted through a minimally invasive procedure, typically under local anesthesia. A small incision is made in the lower back area, through which the device is placed near the sacral nerves. Most patients can return home the same day and resume regular activities shortly after.

Is Axonics Therapy Covered By Insurance?

This procedure can often be covered by insurance. However, coverage for Axonics Therapy can vary depending on your insurance plan and geographical location. We recommend contacting your insurance provider to confirm if this fecal incontinence therapy is covered under your specific plan.

What Happens During the Axonics Therapy Trial Period?

Before the permanent implantation, there is a trial period for the fecal incontinence treatment to ensure it works effectively for you. During this time, a temporary device is used to simulate the results of the therapy, allowing you to assess the improvements in your symptoms. Based on the trial outcomes, you can decide to proceed with the permanent solution.

How Long Will the Treatment Last?

There are different options available depending on your needs and lifestyle. The Axonics F15 Recharge-Free system is designed to last between 10 and 20 years without needing a recharge, while the Axonics R20 Rechargeable System can last for 20 or more years with regular recharging. Both systems offer long-term solutions for managing symptoms effectively.

Experience Long-Lasting Relief From Fecal Incontinence

At Suffolk Pelvic Medicine, we offer innovative solutions for managing fecal incontinence, allowing you to live without the constant reliance on fecal incontinence pads. Serving Riverhead and Long Island, NY, we provide support for those tired of the constraints imposed by fecal incontinence. If you’re ready to explore your options, contact us through our online form or call us at (631) 405-0898 today.


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