Bowel Control Specialist

GYN Specialists of Reno

Bruce Crawford, MD, FPMRS

Urogynecology located in Reno, NV

Bowel control issues can have a devastating impact on your quality of life, imprisoning you in a world of worry and embarrassment. At GYN Specialists of Reno, under the expert guidance of Bruce Crawford, MD, FPMRS, patients in Reno, Nevada, who suffer from bowel control issues and fecal incontinence can find much-needed relief. For more information on bowel control solutions, call the office or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.

Bowel Control Q & A

What problems fall under bowel control?

The primary complaint when it comes to bowel control issues is fecal incontinence, which is the inability to control your bowel movements. Bowel control issues can range in severity from a small number of feces escaping when you pass gas to a complete loss of control of your bowel movements.

Fecal incontinence is more prevalent with age, in fact, 50-70% of adults who are in a nursing home struggle with poor bowel control. But the condition is by no means unique to the older population, as anyone can develop the problem at any age for any number of reasons, as illustrated below.


What are the causes of fecal incontinence?

While age plays a significant role in the onset of bowel control problems, fecal incontinence can strike for many reasons, including:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Muscle damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Chronic constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Previous surgery
  • Rectal prolapse

In many cases, bowel control issues are the result of problems with your pelvic floor, the main muscle group responsible for the support of your pelvic organs, including your rectum.

How are bowel control issues treated?

If you suffer from poor bowel control, Dr. Crawford’s first order of business is determining the underlying cause of the condition. Through an extensive review of your medical history as well as a physical examination, he pinpoints the problem so that you get the treatment you need.

If your bowel control problems stem from a problem with your pelvic floor and poor muscle control or support, he recommends pelvic floor rehabilitation through his Pfilates™ program. This unique approach to fecal incontinence works by reconditioning the muscles that control your rectum and bowel movements. Using his VESy Lab™ tool, Dr. Crawford assesses which exercises are having the biggest impact so he knows how to direct your tailored Pfilates program.

As you restrengthen your muscles through Pfilates, Dr. Crawford may also instruct you on training techniques that help you gain better control over your bowel movements.

Dr. Crawford may also recommend adjunct treatments, such as anti-diarrheal medications or laxatives, depending on your situation. Dietary changes can also improve your fecal incontinence.

To gain better control over your bowel movements, call GYN Specialists of Reno or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.