You may deal with several doctors or specialists during your treatment for fecal incontinence, each focused on a different aspect of care. The care team for your condition may include some or all of the following providers:
- Gastroenterologist: Doctor who specializes in conditions and health of the digestive system.
- Proctologist: Physician who specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of conditions affecting the colon, rectum and anus.
- Nutritionist: Trained professional who formulates diet plans for both healthy and ill individuals, as well as advising which vitamins and supplements promote good health. High-fiber foods incorporated into a meal plan as well as those foods that promote regular bowel habits are key to treatment.
- Nurses and nurse practitioners: Focuses on prevention, wellness and education of patients about health and healthcare choices. The nurse practitioner will discuss various therapy options with the patient and help determine the most appropriate choice for that individual.
- Colorectal surgeon: Physician who specializes in the diagnosis and care of illness through incising (cutting the body) or repairing incisions. This physician will be the one to correct any bowel/rectal problems, including structural abnormalities or dysfunctions.