Incontinence

Updated 20 July 2016

New hope for people with faecal incontinence

The FDA has approved a new system to control bowel movements in people with faecal incontinence, often caused by muscle damage from vaginal childbirth.

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The Fenix Continence Restoration System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat an inability to control bowel movements for people who can't tolerate or use other approved methods.

No MRI scans allowed

The inability to control the bowels, medically called faecal incontinence, is most often caused by muscle damage from vaginal childbirth or from certain medical disorders such as diabetes, the agency said in a news release.

The Fenix system was evaluated in 35 adults, 15 of them from the United States. U.S. trial participants will be examined for five additional years to evaluate the device's performance, the FDA said.

The system should not be implanted in people with known or suspected allergies to titanium, stainless steel, nickel or iron. And people who have had the device implanted should not have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, the agency warned.

Side effects of the system have included pain, infection, device erosion, additional surgery to remove the device, and bleeding.

The Fenix system is produced by Torax Medical, based in Shoreview, Minnesota.

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Prenevin Govender completed his MBChB at the University of Cape Town in 2001. He obtained his Fellowship of the College of Urologists in 2009 and graduated with distinction for a Masters in Medicine from the University of Cape Town in 2010. His special interests include laparoscopic, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence surgery. He consults full-time at Life Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont.

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