Bowel Incontinence:It’s more common than you think
An estimated 20 million people in the U.S. struggle with bowel incontinence, and an estimated 80% suffer in silence. Secca therapy is a safe, effective, minimally invasive procedure to treat bowel incontinence. Secca therapy is an innovative treatment option for patients with BCD, who have not responded to conservative treatments and would like to avoid invasive surgery or implants.
Did you know?
- Bowel Control Disorder (BCD) affects an estimated 20 million adults in the U.S.
- Up to one-third of women who have given birth have some level of BCD.
- In males, bowel incontinence is frequently associated with local injury or disease.
- Bowel incontinence is the second leading cause of admittance to nursing homes in the US
- The stigma of the disease is overwhelming and results in depression, anxiety and social isolation
Regain Bowel Control, Regain Your Freedom
In clinical trials evaluating Secca therapy up to 84% of patients experienced a positive response to treatment for 5-years or longer.* The proposed treatment algorithm on the right balances the underlying cause of the disease and allows for the selection of therapies in a manner that takes into account the rates of success, contraindications, morbidity, cost, and ability to allow secondary or additive therapies. It is important to note that treatment with Secca therapy does not preclude more advanced corrected procedures if warranted.
About Bowel Control Disorder (BCD)
Bowel Control Disorder can be triggered by a specific event or may develop over time with no single underlying cause. Damage to the anal sphincter may cause BCD immediately; however, most cases develop later in life. Other leading causes of causes of bowel incontinence are:
- Injury from childbirth
- Weakened muscle tone
- Anorectal surgery, such as hemorrhoid repair
- Accidents or other trauma to the sphincter muscle
- Anatomic birth defects
- Deterioration of nerve function
How Secca Works
This minimally-invasive outpatient procedure delivers radiofrequency (RF) energy to the muscle of the anal canal, remodeling the tissue for improved function. Secca does not utilize implants, incisions or stitches and takes approximately 30 minutes in an outpatient setting.
Patients return home the same day and resume normal activities in 1–3 days. Most Secca patients see immediate results. Studies have shown continued improvement in symptoms for up to 6 months post-treatment as tissue remodeling continues.
- Radiofrequency (RF) energy is delivered to the muscle of the anal canal
- Multi-level treatment improves structure of the underlying muscle
- Anal sphincter function is significantly improved