Bowel Category

Bowel Care

As a conservative estimate there are around 6.5 million people in the UK today with some form of bowel problem, that’s 1 in 10 of us. There’s no discrimination either, as both men and women, young and old can be affected.

Despite being so common, bowel difficulties are still not as openly talked about as they should be and many people needlessly suffer in silence and don’t get the help they need.

The choice and availability of treatments, products and medicines have never been greater and there is plenty of good advice and support available. In some cases, bowel problems can be completely cured and in others, they can be effectively managed with the right products or treatments so you can regain your quality of life.

On the following pages you will find information on the many different kinds of bowel problems, from constipation and diarrhoea through to Diverticular Disease and faecal incontinence, also commonly referred to as bowel incontinence. Available treatment and product options are included for each individual condition.

There are many ways you can find help on this site, including our Closed Facebook Group which is a moderated space for peer support and discussion. If you need professional continence support, you can also ask our nurses via our Continence Advice Service. We’re constantly working to improve our services, so do check back often.

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…

Hirschsprung’s Disease

Hirschsprung’s Disease is a rare congenital disorder that affects the large bowel (colon), which causes severe constipation and/ or bowel obstruction. This disease affects one in 5,000 babies born. In Hirschsprung’s Disease, the ganglion…

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…

Stoma Surgery

What is a stoma? A stoma is an opening on the abdomen that can be connected to either your digestive or urinary system to allow waste (urine or faeces) to be diverted out of your body. It looks like a small, pinkish, circular piece of…

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…

Bowel Obstruction & Small Bowel Obstruction

A bowel obstruction can be a serious condition, which can occur in the large or small bowel. A small bowel obstruction commonly occurs where loops of intestine can easily get blocked or twisted. A blockage can be partial or total,…

Short Bowel Syndrome

Short Bowel Syndrome is a rare and complex disease which usually develops after a significant portion of small bowel and /or colon is removed surgically. This condition can also occasionally happen as a result of a portion of the bowel…

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…

Diarrhoea

This is when the stool (faeces) is loose and watery. Diarrhoea can cause frequent and urgent desires to go to the toilet. Sometimes people with diarrhoea are unable to reach a toilet in time and they become incontinent. Diarrhoea can be…

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…