We can help you break free

There's strength in numbers.

At the Center for Pelvic Health at St. Joseph's/Candler, our incontinence program is ready to help fix your incontinence issues, not just maintain. Fecal incontinence can be a psychologically and socially debilitating conditions in an otherwise healthy individual. It can lead to a loss of self-esteem, loss of self-confidence and even depression.

Do you feel like a prisoner of bowel control? It's a common problem, especially among older adults. Fecal incontinence is the inability to control bowel movements, causing stool/feces to leak unexpectedly. Common causes of fecal incontinence include diarrhea, constipation, and muscle or nerve damage. Our program can improve fecal incontinence, your quality of life and can help you break free.

Bowel leakage is usually not a serious medical problem. But it can interfere with your daily life. You shouldn't have to avoid social activities for fear of embarrassment. And we understand discussing bowel incontinence may be embarrassing, but it can provide clues for your doctor to help make the diagnosis.

What Causes It?

Bowel incontinence typically affects older adults and women who had difficulty during childbirth which led to injuries to their pelvic area. People with Crohn’s disease, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), complications with diabetes, or men who have had radiation for prostate cancer are often affected, too. But there’s not always a clear cause. Regardless of what may have brought on your symptoms, it’s important to know that there’s a solution and our experienced, caring physicians are here to help you. Don’t let embarrassment stop you from getting the relief you deserve.   

Our Physician

Mark Blankenship, MD

Dr. Blankenship received his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his General Surgery residency at Memorial Health University . He completed a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston Texas.

He is board certified in General Surgery and is also board certified in the subspecialty of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Dr. Blankenship is trained in the da Vinci Si Robotic Surgical System and performs minimally invasive procedures for malignant and benign disease. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. 

Bowel Control FAQs

When is it time to see a doctor?

If you’re having bowel problems such as leakage that occurs without you even realizing it or not making it to the bathroom in time, you’ll be relieved to know that our specialists are trained to treat this very issue. Even though you may feel uncomfortable talking about bowel control, addressing it as early as possible is important to finding the right solution. Simply put, if you wait too long this treatable problem may no longer be correctable. So let’s get started today.

What could be causing it?

Frequent constipation, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), diarrhea, and problems during childbirth can contribute to bowel incontinence. And sometimes there’s no obvious reason. But the important thing is that you don’t ignore your symptoms and hope they will go away. Live smart and get the help you need so that you can get back to living the life you love.

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