PTNS is a non-surgical technique in which a small needle electrode is inserted into the tibial nerve just above the ankle, and impulses travel to the nerves that control bowel function.
The procedure is quite new and there is limited information about how well it works.
Physiotherapy in the form of biofeedback can also be very effective in some cases.
Rectal irrigation can also be effective in certain cases.
Bowel incontinence, also called faecal (fecal) incontinence or anal leakage, is the inability to control the bowels, resulting in the unplanned loss of liquid stool (diarrhoea), solid faeces or flatulence (wind).
If you mess, just laugh it off, clean up, and get on with your day.
Your doctor will try to work out what the cause is.
There are many reasons why people become incontinent and very often the cause is a combination of factors.
It doesn't mean you are dirty, stupid or a kid, you're just unfortunate for having such a time- consuming illness’. You may have noticed that eating stimulates the urge to pass faeces, so changing the timing of your meals and their size may help to reduce the possibility of anal leakage.
For some people, eating more fibre to bulk up the faeces helps ( 2010;350-5). Other people find that this makes the problem worse, and that a low-fibre diet is better for them. It makes sense to wear a protective pad, or to carry spare underwear and wet wipes.