Do You Suffer From Symptoms of Incontinence?

Fecal Incontinence after Gallbladder Surgery

Gallbladder surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the U.S. today, with more than 700,000 procedures taking place each year. While the vast majority of patients experience no postoperative complications or changes, a small percentage may develop symptoms of fecal incontinence which can range from occasional minor leakage to more significant loss of bowel control. Symptoms can develop soon after surgery; other times, they may not appear until months afterward or longer.

What Does Your Gallbladder Do?

Your gallbladder acts as a reservoir for bile, a digestive acid produced by your liver. During digestion, your gallbladder delivers bile to the small intestine in varying amounts, depending on the food that’s being digested. Once the gallbladder is removed, your liver delivers bile directly to the small intestine in smaller quantities. For the vast majority of patients, this change presents no problem. But a small percentage of patients may experience digestion-related problems like loose bowels or diarrhea, an increase in the number of their bowel movements or bowel leakage. Sometimes, these symptoms resolve by themselves over time, but other times, they may persist.

Treatments to Control Your Fecal Incontinence

Fecal incontinence can cause significant embarrassment, anxiety and even depression, but the good news is, today there are lots of treatments that can be used to control symptoms, including medications that can help bind bile and prevent stool leakage. Some patients may also benefit by relatively simple changes in their dietary habits. For instance, because bile plays a big role in the digestion of fats, avoiding fatty foods or adopting a low-fat diet may provide relief from symptoms over time. And since bile is not being stored, eating smaller meals several times a day rather than three large meals can also help.

Studies have shown many people with fecal incontinence are too embarrassed to speak to their doctor about their symptoms. As a result, they live with unnecessary shame and inconvenience. If you suffer from fecal incontinence, remember: your doctor has heard it all before.

Make an appointment with the Incontinence Institute today for an evaluation so you can start leading a happier, more confident life.

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About The Incontinence Institute

At the Incontinence Institute, our team of healthcare providers understand the physical and mental trials that accompany living with urinary or bowel incontinence. Because of this, we are sensitive to your situation and treat all of our patients with the utmost respect and concern for discretion.


Individual incontinence conditions, treatment and recovery times may vary. Each patient's experience with incontinence procedures and / or surgery will differ. All surgical procedures involve some level of risk. If directed to pursue surgery by your physician, prompt action is advised, as waiting may reduce the efficacy of surgical treatment. The opinions expressed in patient testimonials are by patients only; they are not qualified medical professionals. These opinions should not be relied upon as, or in place of, the medical advice of a licensed doctor, etc.

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