The study is the first to investigate the treatment of chronic refractory fecal incontinence using low-level laser therapy (LLLT), to enhance the continence mechanism non-invasively through stimulation of the sacral neuronal motility control centers inside the spinal cord. The patients are monitored in Dr. Jihong Chen’s colonic motility clinic.
Low-level laser therapy, also called photobiomodulation or neuromodulation, provides red and infrared light energy non-invasively to the sacral nerves and sacral neuronal center of the defecation reflex, to restore motility homeostasis. Low-level laser therapy has already been proven to be effective in treating back pain with a variety of neurological conditions. The same Health Canada-approved protocol for lower back pain is used in this study.
The LLLT therapy consists of a 3-week treatment with a total of 8 sessions. Treatment effects will be assessed using symptoms and quality of life questionnaires, as well as physiological anorectal motility tests and autonomic nervous system functioning assessments before, during and after the LLLT treatment.
8 visits over 3 weeks
Parking reimbursement will be provided.
This study is supported by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
Dr. Jihong Chen, Dr. Jan D. Huizinga, Ms Lijun Liu, Mr. Amer Hussain, Mr. Khawar Ali.
This study was approved by the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (#7019).