Bowel incontinence means being unable to control the urge to open your bowels, which can result in soiling (encopresis), embarrassment and a severe impact on quality of life. Find out about treatment options for bowel incontinence.
A colostomy is a surgical procedure that diverts a part of your large intestine out through an opening in your abdominal wall. This creates a stoma to which a colostomy bag is attached for collecting poo. Colostomies can be temporary or long-term.