Bowel Category

Bowel Treatments

When you have been diagnosed and know what is causing your bowel problems, you will be able to discuss possible treatments with your doctor or continence advisor. They will explain what is causing your problem and how the different treatments can help. They will also talk to you about any side effects, these are extra problems that can be caused by the treatment. Together, you can decide which treatment is the most suitable.

Please use the menu on the right-hand side for information on the different types of treatments that are available for bowel problems.  Please note the menu in this section provides information on all treatments available for all bowel conditions/symptoms.

If you have been diagnosed and know what your condition or symptoms are, you may find it easier to search for a possible treatment through our Bowel Conditions and Symptoms section where you will find information on your particular condition or symptoms as well as the appropriate treatment options relevant to your condition.

Once diagnosed you will first be offered what are known as conservative treatments, which include ways in which you can help yourself, like lifestyle changes.

Medication may be offered to you as an option, alongside some conservative treatments, depending on your symptoms and medical history. Surgery is a final option and will not normally be considered until you have tried other treatments for a length of time without success.

Coeliac Disease Treatments

Currently there is no cure for Coeliac Disease. This condition is a considered a long-term chronic illness. You can dramatically reduce your symptoms and heal any gut damage caused by the disease by following a gluten-free diet. There is…

Hirschsprung’s Disease Treatment

The only treatment for Hirschsprung’s is surgery. All children will have to undergo a procedure at some stage to connect the healthy portion of bowel to their anus in order to allow them to pass bowel motions normally. Initially, the…

8 Methods To Encourage A Bowel Movement

If you find yourself having difficulty going to the toilet, there a number of non-medical methods to encourage a dormant gut to relieve you of constipation. Firstly, if you notice a change in your regular pattern, you shouldn’t start to…

Bowel Obstruction Treatments

The treatment for a bowel obstruction will depend on what is causing it. For a total mechanical blockage, surgery will most likely be required. Most bowel obstructions will need some form of hospital intervention to relieve the problem. If…

Short Bowel Syndrome Treatments

There is no cure for short bowel syndrome at present and treatment involves alleviating the symptoms suffered by the patient and working to balance the right level of nutrition needed by the body. Treatment may be coordinated across a team…

Children’s Bowel Problems Treatments

Constipation in children can usually be relieved by making changes to your child’s diet and drinking habits. It can also be helpful to chart your child’s bowel movements by using a bowel diary. This may help your GP or Healthcare…

Bowel Cancer Treatments

Treatment for bowel cancer is determined by a number of factors including the stage of your cancer, the location of the tumour (whether it’s located in the colon or rectum) and your health in general. Your MDT (multidisciplinary team),…

Colitis and Crohn’s Treatments

Colitis and Crohn’s are chronic illnesses for which there is currently no cure. Both conditions can be controlled with medication and in more complex, severe cases surgery may also be necessary to relieve inflammation. There are several…

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Treatments

The key to treating irritable bowel syndrome is to understand what is causing it in the first place. A change in diet and eliminating the foods that are causing gut sensitivity may be enough to alleviate your symptoms. If stress factors are…