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What Causes Fecal Incontinence? - Dr. Sanz

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Dr. Sanz explains what causes fecal incontinence.

Dr. Sanz:
As you know now, again birth deliveries of children. As you know now it is a big movement to try to stay away from an episiotomy, which is cutting, when the baby is born cutting the perineal, the tissue between the vagina and the anus and that increases the chance of cutting into the sphincter mechanism on the anal canal. When that happens and it is not reconstructed properly there is going to be an increased incident of malfunction of this sphincter. Sphincter is like a tightening muscle device that controls voluntary and involuntary gas, feces, and liquid, so a breakdown of that

Dr. Luis Sanz leads Urogynecology & Pelvic Surgery at Virginia Hospital Center, focusing on pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence and prolapse (bulging) of the vagina, bladder and/or uterus. In addition to Dr. Sanz's particular interest in the subspecialty of Urogynecology, he also sees patients for standard gynecological exams and treatment.

Dr. Sanz is a Professor, Scholar Track, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also formerly served as Vice Chairman and Chief of the Division of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He was also Director of Georgetown's Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstruction Clinic.

A member of AOA (Medical Honor Society), Dr. Sanz's prior academic appointments and professional experience also include: Associate Professor in Pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital and Director, Colposcopy Clinic and Gynecologic Cancer Detection Center (D.C. General Hospital, Georgetown University Service). Among the professional organizations to which Dr. Sanz belongs are: American Association of Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Gynecological Urology Society, and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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