Preserving the anal sphincter’s function is essential to maintain control of your bowel and avoid the need for a permanent ileostomy or colostomy. In many cases, preserving the sphincter depends on the knowledge and skill of the surgeon. M. Jonathan Worsey, MD, FRCS, FACS, FASCRS, and Keith Beiermeister, MD, FACS, FASCRS, at San Diego Colon and Rectal Surgeons in La Jolla, California, have extensive experience in sphincter preservation. They continuously refine their sphincter-sparing techniques as they place a priority on maintaining sphincter function.

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What is sphincter preservation?

Sphincter preservation focuses on maintaining the function of your anal sphincter, the muscle that controls bowel movements. Preserving the health of your sphincter is essential for maintaining fecal continence.

Sphincter preservation includes using advanced techniques that keep the sphincter muscle intact during surgery. It also requires surgical procedures to repair a sphincter that’s torn or damaged. For example, prior rectal surgeries and childbirth often damage the sphincter.

When might I need sphincter preservation?

Any health condition that requires the surgical removal of part of the rectum requires sphincter preservation techniques.

Without exceptional care and advanced techniques, surgery to remove rectal cancer can easily damage the sphincter. Dr. Worsey and Dr. Beiermeister have the skills needed to perform rectal cancer surgery that spares the sphincter.

Surgery to treat anal fistulas and fissures, as well as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease that develop in the anus or rectum, also increases the risk of sphincter damage.

The surgical experience of Dr. Worsey and Dr. Beiermeister and their dedication to performing sphincter-sparing procedures gives you the best chance of retaining or restoring normal bowel function.

If you face surgery that could damage your anal sphincter, or you already have a damaged sphincter, help is available at San Diego Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to learn about sphincter-sparing surgery and the treatment options available.