Bowel health: symptoms, conditions and treatment options

Our specialists at Swedish care for women and men struggling with bowel issues. Swedish doctors and nurses provide patient-centered care to get you back to feeling your best. From specialized physical therapy to advanced robotic surgery, we find the treatment that’s right for you.

Symptoms and conditions

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or conditions, call our nurse navigator or contact your physician to learn more about treatment options.

  • Constipation
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Pain in rectum
  • Incomplete bowel movements
  • Pressure in rectum
  • Bowel frequency
  • Pain during bowel movements

Treatment

Our treatments range from medication therapy to surgery. Our nonsurgical methods include injecting bulking agents into the anal sphincter as well as physical therapy with biofeedback. This type of physical therapy, known as InterStim neurostimulator, stimulates your sacral nerves to control bowel and rectum muscles so they work normally.

We also provide surgical sphincter repair. And soon we’ll add a treatment known as the Fenix® Continence Restoration System. This small, flexible band of interlinked magnetic titanium beads wraps around the internal anal sphincter. When under pressure, the band relaxes and allows flow through the rectum, then closes again to prevent accidents. 

Contact our nurse navigator

To discuss treatment options for your symptoms, call our nurse navigator at 206-386-2117.