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Bowel Continence and Constipation

We provide consultation services for a wide-range of conditions, namely bowel continence and constipation; anal; colon and rectal; inflammatory bowel diseases and other colon-related conditions.


Bowel Continence and Constipation

Bowel incontinence (faecal incontinence or FI) is a ‘silent epidemic’ that affects up to 200,000 Singaporeans. An emotionally troubling and socially inconvenient condition, many of the affected choose to suffer in silence. FI affects predominantly women and the elderly, although men are not spared. It is also often associated with other functional problems, such as urinary incontinence. With increasing awareness brought about by our continued public education efforts, a significant number of younger patients now present to us with FI due to factors other than natural ageing, such as muscle injury from vaginal childbirth and anal operations (e.g. piles), and other medical conditions like diabetes and stroke.

Constipation is a common condition that affects everyone at some point in their lives. Although the vast majority of patients with constipation recover with conventional treatment, up to 30% of patients with chronic constipation do not improve with routine dietary adjustments and medications like laxatives. They will require more specialised tests and procedures to more accurately manage the problem and our state-of-the-art facilities (including the anorectal ultrasound and physiology laboratories) are well-equipped to do just that.

We offer individualised and comprehensive treatment options for both FI and constipation, some of which are available nowhere else in the region. These include nerve-stimulation techniques (e.g. Sacral Nerve Stimulation and Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation), injectable bulking agents and minimally-invasive or ‘keyhole’ procedures for prolapse (e.g. laparoscopic or robotic-assisted recopexy).

Clinic Consultations
Clinic consultations are available daily at our Specialist Outpatient Clinic – Centre for Digestive Liver Disease (CDLD) in SGH Block 3, Basement 1. Appointments can be made through our central appointment hotline 6321 4377.