Faecal incontinence is an embarrassing and disabling condition. It can occur at any age and may affect up to 1 in 20 people at some time in their lives. It is most commonly caused by damage to the anal sphincter muscle or the nerves supplying it. Treatment can include simple advice, medical therapy, physiotherapy or surgery.
Sacral neuromodulation is a new minimally invasive treatment which can be successful in up to 80% of patients with faecal incontinence. The procedure involves re-awakening the nerves to the pelvic floor using mild electrical stimulation. Graham MacKay is one of the few surgeons in Scotland able to offer this treatment.
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