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The Artificial Bowel Sphincter in the Treatment of Severe Fecal Incontinence in Adults

  • Paul-Antoine Lehur
  • Guillaume Meurette
  • Filippo La Torre

Abstract

Fecal incontinence is a severe disability that deeply affects the quality of life of the afflicted patient. The estimated prevalence in the general population ranges from 1% to 17%. In France, it is estimated that 350,000 persons over the age of 45 years have a severe form of fecal incontinence. In the event of ineffective medical treatment and the inability or failure of conventional surgery, the only choice for these patients until recently was to accept their condition or opt for end colostomy. However, technological progress has opened up the prospect of effective therapy for severe fecal incontinence both in terms of performance and long-term reliability. Replacement of sphincter function by an artificial bowel sphincter is one available option that has shown promising results.

Keywords

Fecal Incontinence Anal Canal Sacral Nerve Stimulation Anal Manometry Occlusive Cuff 
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  • Paul-Antoine Lehur
  • Guillaume Meurette
  • Filippo La Torre

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