Clinical Director, Renew Medical UK
Accidental bowel leakage (ABL) is a common condition, which people understandably find embarrassing, however, new innovations are helping patients to improve their quality of life.
It is estimated that one in 10 men and women in the UK will experience bowel control problems at some point in their lives. Many are too embarrassed to talk to their GP about it as they consider it ‘a private matter’. In some cases, people are happier to talk about cancer or major surgery than discussing their bowel issues.
Accidental bowel leakage is medically referred to as bowel, or faecal, incontinence which results in sufferers experiencing random episodes of faecal leakage, sometimes without realising. Caused by weak or damaged anal sphincter, the condition affects thousands of people. Symptoms of accidental bowel leakage are common in patients with neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and those with bowel conditions such as Crohn’s or irritable bowel syndrome. Accidental bowel leakage can also present following pelvic surgery and / or radiotherapy treatment.
Finding non-surgical solutions
Historically, the only solution for accidental bowel leakage has been pads. Many suffer in silence, withdrawing from all types of social interaction in case someone detects the odour of a bowel accident.
It is estimated that one in 10 men and women in the UK will experience bowel control problems at some point in their lives.
However, new innovations now exist which can replace the use of pads. The Renew Insert offers men and women a discreet solution that enables them to continue living their lives with dignity.
The Inserts can be used directly with a hygienic applicator. Once inserted they provide a continent seal and can stay in situ between bowel movements. With the help of a Specialist Nurse or Physiotherapist, this new solution can allow patients to help reclaim their normal active lives again.