Bowel Incontinence, also known as fecal incontinence, is a common condition that affects millions of people. Symptoms include frequent or urgent need to have a bowel movement, as well as bowel leakage. Bowel incontinence is typically an acquired disorder, and may be caused by obstetrical injury associated with pregnancy or childbirth, stroke, advanced age, or nerve or muscular damage caused by conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis. Neurostimulation therapy will not cure your bowel control problems, however, it may reduce your symptoms to a more tolerable level, and significantly improve your quality of life.
Interstim Therapy is an FDA approved neurostimulation therapy that targets the communication problem between the brain and the nerves that control bowel function. Dr Toglia and Fagan have extensive experience with this technology for the treatment of urinary urge leakage. Dr. Toglia was one of the first surgeons to use this technology in the Philadelphia region, begininning in 1999, for the treatment of Urgency related urinary incontinence.
Dr Toglia is currently one of the most experienced users of Interstim for the diagnosis of fecal incontinence in the Philadelphia Region