Bowel incontinence occurs when there is recurrent loss of bowel control. When this occurs, stool leaks through the anus. This incontinence could be from different etiologies like prolonged constipation, diarrhea, and damage to muscles and nerves that control bowel function. It can also occur after the trauma of natural childbirth. About 1/3 of those affected are 65 years and older. Dr. Ambe and his staff will evaluate the etiology of bowel incontinence and discuss which procedure is ideal for the patient. Treatment options including diet, lifestyle modification, stool bulking agents, injectable gels to more invasive surgical procedures are available. A newer innovative procedure involving implanting electrodes that stimulate some sacral nerves has been shown to improve rectal sensation and awareness, as well as incontinence scores in selected patients.