Part 1. Introduction.- 1. Background to bowel function and rationale for writing the book.- 2. Normal anatomy and physiology of bowel function with a view to including detail on the pelvic floor.- 3. Epidemiology Constipation and FI.- 4. Investigations: Anorectal Physiology.- Part 2. Causes and Assessment of Bowel Dysfunction.- 5. Causes of constipation/evacuatory dysfunction.- 6. The Assessment of Constipation and Evacuatory Disorders.- 7. Causes of faecal incontinence.- 8. The Assessment of Faecal Incontinence.- Part 3. Treatments for Bowel Dysfunction.- 9. Conservative management.- 10. Food choice as a Management Strategy in Bowel Dysfunction.- 11. Pharmacological therapy.- 12. Rectal Irrigation.- 13. Neuromodulation.- 14. Surgery .- 15. Psychological medicine for bowel dysfunction.
The editors aim to provide the definitive guide for healthcare professionals on functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and pelvic floor, and the treatments used within the current healthcare context. This book will help the reader to access and understand relevant information within a variety of clinical settings and scenarios. It will be relevant and useful to a variety of disciplines (e.g. Physicians, Nurses, Physiotherapists) who work within the field of gastrointestinal care. This book will be written by a team from the worlds' most well established colorectal specialist hospital, presenting a definitive guide to care of the patient group.
Brigitte Collins Lead Nurse, Physiology Unit, London Northwest Healthcare NHS Trust
Physiology Unit, St Marks Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow
Clinical Nurse Specialist Biofeedback, St Marks Hospital