Management of Neurogenic Bowel Dysfunction

Neurogenic bowel dysfunction, or simply bowel dysfunction, is the loss of normal bowel function, this is also often caused by a nerve problem. If you have an injury to the spinal cord or a nerve disease, it may also damage the nerves that help control the function of your colon (this is the part of your body that helps you get rid of the solid waste out of your body).

Consult the best urologist in East New York if you have symptoms of bowel dysfunction. Contact us at Doral Health and Wellness Urology Center.

Nerves in your spinal cord are the ones responsible for sending messages from your brain to your bladder. The sphincter muscles control the flow of your urine and the muscles in your rectum and anus control or release your stools. These are the muscles and nerves that allow urine and stool to be removed from your body.

You would probably have these signs and symptoms if you have bowel dysfunction:

  • Loss of bowel control
  • Frequent trips to the loo
  • Constipation
  • Lack of bowel movements

Your bowel dysfunction can be caused by several conditions, which can include:

  • Vaginal childbirth
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Damage to the nervous system from a disease or injury
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Rectocele
  • Crohn’s disease

These are the treatment options and alternative ways to manage neurogenic bowel dysfunction:

  • Medications – your doctor can prescribe medications to manage the timing of your bowel movement and its consistency
  • Anal irrigation – this is a new bowel management therapy where fluid is inserted through a catheter into your anal to reduce constipation and assist your bowel movement.
  • Nerve stimulation – a device that is small and battery operated, will be used to provide electrical stimulation to your sacral nerves to control your bowels
  • Surgery – a reconstructive surgical procedure may be performed to resolve your difficulties in your bowel management
  • Biofeedback therapy – this treatment is used to perform exercises that can strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and improve your bowel control
  • Lifestyle changes – changing your diet can be really helpful. You should keep a food journal so you can keep track of the foods and drinks that worsen your symptoms.

It is important that you follow a bowel management plan. It can also help prevent other related problems, such as hemorrhoids and bowel blockage. Having a good bowel care practice will help prevent bowel movement accidents.

At Doral Health and Wellness Urology Center, our urologist in East New York can help you treat and manage your condition well. To schedule an appointment, you may call us at 1-347-384-5690 or visit our website at