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Pelvic Floor Problems

Pelvic floor problems broadly include two main symptoms: incontinence and obstructed defaecation. There can be other manifestations of pelvic floor disorders including rectal prolapse. Anal fissure and haemorrhoids, though common, may signify a more global underlying pelvic floor problem. Difficult childbirth is a common cause of these problems but they are also seen in men and in women who have not had children.

Most patients with these conditions believe that they are the only person suffering with their symptoms. In fact, in Oxford, we see over 500 patients every year with these conditions. Many patients that we see have faecal incontinence (a leakage from the bowels or an inability to “hold on” until they can get to the toilet). Other patients have constipation or a difficulty emptying their bowels. Patients will often have a mixture of both these types of symptoms. We are also very interested in patients with rectal prolapse.

We are able to offer the full range of specialist investigations to make the correct diagnosis of your problem and to enable us to plan treatment. Some people will find that their symptoms improve with medicines or bowel and muscle retraining. Others might benefit from surgery and we are able to offer all modern treatments including laparoscopic ventral rectopexy and sacral nerve stimulation.

Much more information about our pelvic floor unit, its diagnostic service and the treatments it offers can be found by following this link www.oxfordpelvicfloor.co.uk

Pelvic floor problems