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Rectal Disorders

There are many different causes of recatl/fecal pain. The following information relates to these disorders and will help you understand the care you need.

Fecal (bowel) incontinence (accidental bowel leakage)

If you have problems with bowel control, you have problems with involuntary leakage of stool and/or gas. This problem is commonly named fecal incontinence (FI) or accidental bowel leakage (ABL).  Your symptoms will impact your quality of life. Patients are frequently embarrassed and feel it is difficult to talk about.  This problem can vary from mild trouble holding gas to having severe troubles holding stool without having an accident.

Symptoms  Inability to control gas or stool
Treatment  Physical therapy, medications, injection therapy, and surgery     

Chronic Constipation

Constipation is a condition in which a person has difficulties having a bowel movement  and/or has infrequent bowel movements. This may involve straining or extensive pushing to produce a bowel movement.    

Symptoms Difficult and sometimes painful bowel movements, feeling bloated, uncomfortable,  abdominal pain         
Treatment  Diet modifications, physical therapy, medication, surgery     


A rectocele is formed when the tissue membrane between the vagina and rectum becomes thinned and this is frequently combined with weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. This results in a bulging of the front wall of the rectum into the back wall of the vagina and some patients have difficulties to empty the rectum completely.

Symptoms Pelvic pressure, pain, incontinence, difficulty with toileting, falling out feeling
Treatment Physical therapy, medications, injections, mechanical support devices (pessary), and surgery