Bowel Testing and Treatment

An open and honest dialogue with Dr. Gauta and the skilled and compassionate Florida Bladder Institute patient care team is very important to ensure we treat your problems effectively.

Medical History

Describe your symptoms clearly. Be open and honest. Tell your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter products or herbal remedies you may be taking. This will help our team find the best treatment for you.

A medical history and physical examination to look for any signs of problems, such as loss of normal nerve reflexes or muscle tone is the first step. Depending on what is learned through your discussion and examination, additional tests may be needed to help find the cause.

Some of these may include:

  • Ultrasound – to evaluate the anal sphincter muscles
  • MRI – to evaluate the surrounding tissues for possible anatomic problems such as pelvic organ prolapse
  • Nerve Testing and/or Anal Manometry – to evaluate possible injury to the nerves which can cause decreased strength and sensation
  • Colonoscopy or Sigmoidoscopy – to evaluate for other possible causes such as fistula, colitis, Crohn’s disease, etc.

Treatment Options

Successful treatment for bowel and gas incontinence relies on an accurate diagnosis.  After determining the cause of the incontinence, Dr. Gauta will prescribe a treatment plan that may include lifestyle modification including changes in diet, exercise, medications, retraining and rehabilitation.

Of the many solutions available to control incontinence and improve our patients’ quality of life, one of the innovative minimally invasive alternatives offered at The Florida Bladder Institute that is highly effective is InterStim® Sacral Nerve Stimulation.

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