If following an endoanal ultrasound scan, damage to the external anal sphincter has been diagnosed, surgical repair may be an option. This operation consists of a cut in front of the anus. The surgeon will then overlap the damaged muscle ends to form a complete ring of muscle around the anus. This operation would mean a 3 — 7 day stay in hospital and possibly a further 2 — 4 weeks off work to recover. Although this is not major surgery there may be considerable swelling and bruising around the anus.
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Exercises to strengthen and tighten your anal sphincter may help treat bowel incontinence fecal incontinence or reduce your chance of leaking stool or gas in the future. And not unlike these other muscles, the muscles that control your bowel can be strengthened through exercise. While the internal anal sphincter is not under conscious control, the pelvic floor muscles that form an external band of muscle around the anus are readily strengthened through relatively simple exercises.
Fecal incontinence is the release of someone's rectal contents against their wishes. Incontinence is the most common cause for institutionalizing an elderly person. It ranks above incompetence.