Bowel control problems – a new therapy
This research was completed on 30 September 2003
|Project Leader||Professor C S Norton MA (Cantab), RGN, Professor M A Kamm FRCP and Ms A Gibbs RN.|
|Location||Physiology Unit, St Mark's Hospital, Harrow.|
|Grant awarded||12 July 2001|
|Start date||1 October 2001|
|End date||30 September 2003|
We do not provide medical advice. If you would like more information about a condition or would like to talk to someone about your health, contact NHS Choices or speak to your GP. Please see our useful links page for some links to health information, organisations we are working with and other useful organisations. We hope you will find these useful. We are not responsible for the content of any of these sites.More than one adult in every hundred has problems with controlling their bowels and experiences bowel incontinence. This extremely embarrassing and socially restricting problem often results from damage to or weakness of the muscles around the back passage (the “anal sphincter muscle”). This can be because of childbirth, chronic straining, or sometimes for no apparent reason. It is known that electrical stimulation helps people with bladder control problems (urinary incontinence), but it has never been properly tried with people with bowel problems. This study will scientifically evaluate whether electrical stimulation can increase the strength of the anal sphincter muscle and thus improve bowel control.