Anal Continence: Breaking the silence and promoting continence

Round Table Discussion 7

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Anal Incontinence is a devastating condition. Expertise in it’s management is restricted to a limited number of experts, but a huge number of caregivers face the potential to preserve Anal Continence. Are they aware?

15:3015:37Anal Incontinence: Why the silence?Marco Soligo
15:3715:45The role of the clinicianGiulio Santoro
15:4515:55Childbirth and anal incontinence - is it the beginning?Ruwan Fernando
15:5516:05Preventive and conservative managementPaula Igualada-Martinez
16:0516:20When conservative management failsHolly Richter

Paula Igualada-Martinez: Anal Incontinence (AI) is called ‘the last taboo’ and has consequences that extend well beyond their physical symptoms. Women with anal incontinence in the first year after delivery have an increased risk of long-term incontinence. There is some evidence that indicates that pelvic floor muscle training is effective in both preventing and managing AI and this presentation will cover all relevant literature. AI is a significant burden to patients and society highlighting the need for cost-effective management and preventative interventions.