Injectable Treatments are a less invasive treatment option to help improve the lives of people suffering from faecal incontinence and they offer an alternative to major surgery. They are often suitable for those who have not seen benefit from more conservative treatments such as changes in diet and bio-feedback
How does it work?
During the procedure, a gel is injected into the wall of the anal canal endoscopically to obtain a bulking effect, which helps to prevent leakage. The simple procedure consists of a number of small injections into the wall of the anal canal; these bulk up the tissue in the anal canal which allows greater control to be maintained. As the injections are well tolerated by most patients, the use of an anaesthetic is not always necessary.
The gel often begins working soon after the procedure, with optimal results at three months for many patients. The effectiveness continues over time and has been shown to be effective in patients for two to three years.
Injectable therapies are an option to be considered after simple methods e.g. diet changes and medications have failed, but before undergoing surgery. It’s a quick procedure which is often carried out in a doctor’s surgery and takes about ten minutes. An anaesthetic is not always necessary and patients can resume limited physical activity immediately after the procedure and return to a normal lifestyle and all physical activities after one week.
Injectable treatments may not be suitable for everyone with faecal incontinence so please discuss this with your GP who can refer you to a consultant if appropriate.
If you are concerned about your problem and it is starting to affect your day to day life make an appointment to see your doctor, continence nurse or specialist physiotherapist. Continence nurses and specialist physiotherapists are healthcare professionals who specialise in bladder and bowel problems.