After you make an appointment for fecal incontinence diagnosis and treatment, there are some steps you can take to make your visit a smooth one.

  1. Inform the doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  2. On the day of consultation with the physician bring a list of:
    • All past medical conditions and prior surgeries with dates
    • All medications including vitamins, herbs, and supplements
    • Any other symptoms
    • Allergies
    • All recent radiological images
    • Results of all recent laboratory tests
    • Food diary including any foods that caused incontinence or diarrhea
    • Bowel habits and incidences of leakage (most important)
  3. Prepare for any tests you’ll be having, including:
    • For anorectal ultrasound: Eat a small dinner the night prior to the test; drink only clear liquids after dinner
    • For CT scans or MRIs: Jewelry, hairpins, glasses, hearing aids and dentures should be left home or removed. Do not eat for six hours prior to the exam.
    • For PET scans: Abstain from eating for 4-6 hours prior to scan and avoid any excessive physical activity.
  4. Follow any additional instructions given to you by your doctor.