What is electrical stimulation for the treatment of fecal incontinence?

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
Electrical stimulation is a nonsurgical technique that is sometimes used to treat fecal incontinence (unintended passage of stool). As a part of this treatment, a small electrical shock is delivered to the anal sphincter, in hopes of bulking up the muscles. There are several reports that suggest this may be of value. But, so far, there have been no controlled studies that have described its effectiveness in comparison with biofeedback or no treatment.

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