FENIX for Accidental Bowel Leakage (ABL)

What is ABL?

Accidental bowel leakage (also known as fecal incontinence or loss of bowel control) is the inability to control your bowel movements, causing stool to leak unexpectedly. If you are suffering from accidental bowel leakage, you are not alone. This condition affects 10 – 15%1 of the adult population, and its primary cause is due to damaged or weakened anal sphincter muscles. It is important to know that there are treatment options available to help
you manage this condition.

Treatment options

Once you have been diagnosed with an insufficient anal sphincter muscle, there are a number of treatment options that may improve your condition. A common cause of accidental bowel leakage is damage or impairment to the anal sphincter muscles or nerves that control them. This may happen to women during pregnancy or childbirth or can be the result of prior surgery
or trauma.

These options may include the following:

Injectable bulking agents or radiofrequency ablation to increase the thickness of the anal wall •

Sacral nerve stimulation to stimulate the anal sphincter muscles

Surgery which may include anal sphincter augmentation with the FENIX Continence Restoration System or sphincteroplasty

Surgery to divert bowel function outside the body (colostomy or ilieostomy)

These procedures may involve repair, additional support or replacement of your anal sphincter muscles.

Humanitarian use. FDA-approved.

FENIX for Accidental Bowel LeakageFENIX_smallFENIX is designed to work in harmony with the body to augment the weak or damaged anal sphincter muscles. The strength of the magnets is precisely calibrated to allow the intentional passage of stool, but to prevent unexpected opening of the anal canal, leading to Accidental Bowel Leakage, known as ABL.

FENIX is a flexible ring of small magnets placed around the anal canal during the minimally intrusive procedure. The strength of the magnets helps keep the weak or damaged anal sphincter muscles closed to prevent unexpected opening of the anal canal, which leads to Accidental Bowel Leakage (ABL). The titanium magnets will separate temporarily to allow the intentional passage of stool.

FENIX is maintenance free and is installed using a minimally invasive procedure.

FENIX indications: The FENIX Continence Restoration System
is indicated for the treatment of fecal incontinence in patients
who are not candidates for or have previously failed conservative treatment and less invasive therapy options (e.g., injectable
bulking agents, radiofrequency ablation, sacral nerve stimulation).



FENIX is small and inobtrusive. No maintenance required.

Read more about the FENIX system here.

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FENIX for Accidental Bowel Leakage (ABL)

TEM Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery

NOSCAR/ NOTES Painless Natural Orifice Trans-endoscopic Surgery

Solesta is a sterile gel injected into the anus to treat the symptoms of fecal incontinence.

Esophyx long-term incisionless solution for chronic acid reflux GERD

The LINX System stops acid reflux (GERD) at the source.

The Stretta procedure results in significant GERD symptom control and patient satisfaction.

STARR Staple Transanal Rectal Resection

ENTERRA -- Gastric Electrical Stimulation for Gatroparesis

Barrx - Radiofrequency Ablation in Barrett's Esophagus with Dysplasia

TIF Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication procedure corrects the root cause of GERD

ABS - Artificial Bowel Sphincter

SECCA - for incontinence

Sacral Nerve Stimulation

Anorectoplasty for anal incontinence

Pelvic rehabilitation for incontinence and constipation, anal / pelvic pain

Anal Fistula Plug