Incontinence issues

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I had fissure surgery at my doctor's request on 10/24 because the tear was deep. I also was diagnosed with rectal cancer back in December and went through treatment. So I think he just wanted to go in and repair it as much as possible and do a biopsy. Thankfully no bad news there. I was in no pain whatsoever after the surgery. But about a week later, I started experiencing fecal incontinence. And I knew that was a possible side effect of the surgery. The incontinence is occurring more and more. Probably 7-10 times now, and it's starting to freak me out. Sorry for being gross. But sometimes it's a little. Sometimes a lot. And I can't make it to the bathroom. Thankfully I'm working from home 90% of the time, but I do have to go into the office once in a while. And I can't go in at all with this is happening. What on earth am I going to do if this happens there!? I saw my Colo Rectal doctor today as a follow-up to my surgery (I even had an accident while waiting to see him and cleaned up quickly in the bathroom). I was too embarrassed to tell him it happened right then and there, but told him that it's happening a lot. He said to allow a few weeks for that to go away, but I'm not reading anything online that indicates it will go away that quickly. Has anyone else who has had this surgery had this problem? If so, when did it clear up for you? Or better yet, DOES it ever go away? I'm very very worried. I don't want to be a prisoner in my own home.

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    i dont know the answer to this but im very interested in peoples answers for you as im booked in for this surgery

    i hope your symptoms improve xx

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    Hello,

    I had LIS 18 days ago and I didn't yet experience incontinence, however before the LIS I had an anal dilation which I experienced little incontinence for one week, I did some physiotherapy with biofeedback which will teach you to exercise your muscles, and all got back to normal with that for me. My LIS surgery though my doctor and I agreed he would be very conservative and that I had the chance to have redo it if it didnt heal, today my pain is much lower than before but it still bothers me to sit and I can feel that one of my fissures did heal as the other one is still on its way.. the incontinence though I read its transitory for many people, talk to your Dr about physiotherapy its simple and you can do exercises at home such as tightening your sphincter and relax for 30 times 3 times a day and other ones as well, this is what I did, dont do it before talking to your Dr. Im just saying what my Dr had me do. hope you get better.

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      I also had lis done because of small leak or dampness but did not cure problem so went to another specialist in London and he advised me to get advancement flap done which I did but not much improvement situation worse when i sit down for long periods of time gets damp and back passage heats up

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    Read your problems with interest as I have leakage problem myself for a few years now had a few precedence's done like lis and when that did not clear up problem went to another hospital in London St Marys and seen another specialist and told me I should have advancement flap precedence done but he did tell me it was only fifty fifty success rate of improving it but as its happens if any thing it made things worse but I felt I did not have a choice. I Don't have cancer or any other ailment wrong with me but its some thing that developed over the years my problem is worse when i sit down for long periods of time. I Don't where you live but would like to hear from you to share more ideas thank you Edmund

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