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How is fecal incontinence treated?

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
Fecal incontinence can be treated. It is up to you and your doctor to decide which treatment is best for you. Choices range from dietary changes and bowel training regimens to extensive surgery. The approach you select will depend on the cause and severity of the condition. To help you gain the best possible control, physicians often recommend a combination of approaches. In most cases, the treatment begins with nonsurgical options.

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