New Treatment at Mayo Clinic for Fecal Incontinence

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Dr. Stephanie Wishnev of Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care has treated Las Vegas’s anal pain for years. Treating a wide variety of issues, such as fissures, fistulas, inflammation, and fecal incontinence, Dr. Wishnev remains the only board-certified colon and rectal surgeon in Las Vegas.

Fecal Incontinence Treatments

Thanks to the Mayo Clinic, patients suffering from fecal incontinence may have found a great treatment option. A band of titanium beads connects around the rectum to create an anal sphincter. Mayo Clinic’s Florida team is the first to implant the device, called the Fenix Continence Restoration System.

A common occurrence, fecal incontinence affects over 20 percent of women over the age of 45. Many females experience bowel incontinence after baby birth. Paul Pettit, M.D., says, “The condition can be debilitating due to social isolation, depression, loss of self-esteem and self-confidence.” Up until now, treatments were limited. “If a patient does not improve through use of less invasive techniques, our only option has been a colostomy,” Dr. Pettit says.

A colostomy entails rerouting the colon from the rectum to an opening in the abdomen, where waste passes into an external bag. A colostomy in itself may also trigger feelings of depression and loss of self-esteem. Many are extremely self-conscious about their colostomy bag, and inability to have a normal, healthy body.

The new treatment using magnetic titanium beads allows patients to have normal bowel movements, but for the sphincter to close again afterward, solving fecal incontinence symptoms. While the treatment is not yet available for fecal incontinence patients in Las Vegas, such advances in the medical system give hope to those that crave a simpler solution than a life changing surgery like a colostomy.

Minimally Invasive Treatments for Fecal Incontinence

Dr. Wishnev’s minimally invasive treatments for fecal incontinence and rectal cancer make her the first surgeon in the state to perform anorectal ultrasounds. If you suffer from fecal incontinence, speak with Dr. Wishnev to discover treatment options at Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care.

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