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Treating Bowel Incontinence

Selma Chalabi looks at how Welsh people with bowel incontinence struggle to access a treatment that could transform their lives.
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30 minutes

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Wed 26 Oct 2016 00:30

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Eye on Wales hears from patients who have suffered in silence from a debilitating and embarrassing condition which means they have no control over their bowel movements.

Experts estimate that bowel incontinence could affect as much as 10 or even 20 per cent of some sectors of the population.   

In the most serious of cases it can leave people isolated and housebound.  For such patients a £7,500 implant may be the answer.

But, as presenter Selma Chalabi discovers, the treatment is not being routinely funded in Wales.

 

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