A New Answer to Chronic Fecal Incontinence

The inability to control bowel movements causing unexpected accidents/leakage of feces is more common than you might think: 1 in 12 suffer from FI in the U.S. (18 million) 80% are female

Causes of Chronic Fecal Incontinence

Pelvic floor trauma (childbirth, hysterectomy, spine trauma); stroke; conditions that affect nerves such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and MS congenital disorders; inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome.

A Quality of Life Problem

97% are bothered by FI but 71% have not spoken to a physician about it.
Medical therapy, consisting of bulking agents, exercises, medication and dietary management, has been the only option. For the millions of people who did not have success with medical therapy, there is now a Plan B.

Medtronic InterStim® Therapy

Board certified gastroenterologist, Jaffrey Kazi MD, is the first in the Valley to offer this FDA-approved therapy that targets the communicationt between the brain and the nerves that control bowel function. The two-step approach allows patients a trial assessment to see if the therapy is effective for them. Dr. Kazi implants a lead near the tailbone which is connected to a small external device that patients wear on their waistband. It sends mild electronic pulse stimulation that may get the bowels working the way they are supposed to. After 5-7 days, patients return to the office for trial device removal and determine if they’d like to receive a permanent placement performed by a colorectal surgeon.

Medtronic Bowel Control Therapy Success Rates

  • All patients (with and without sphincter defect) showed significant symptom reduction
  • 66% achieved 75-100% improvement in incontinent episodes per week
  • 47% achieved complete continence