BiofeedbackIncontinence: Fecal

Biofeedback for fecal incontinence

Earlier posts here, here, and here, discussed biofeedback and constipation. Here’s a study in people with incontinence where more than 70% demonstrated improvement.

The researchers start by telling us “biofeedback is well established as a treatment for fecal incontinence.” This study assessed short-term outcomes and predictors of treatment success.”

First the details.

  • The researchers at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia reviewed 513 consecutive patients treated with biofeedback over 10 years.

And the results.

  • Each outcome improved for more than 70% of patients.
  • Incontinence scores decreased 32%.
  • Quality of life improved by 89%.
  • Maximum anal sphincter pressure increased 12 mmHg (14%).

Treatment success was more likely in women, older people, and people with more severe incontinence.

5/5/07 15:57 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.