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colostomy irrigation

What is colostomy irrigation?
January 10, 2012 : : 0 comments

Colostomy irrigation is a procedure that may be employed by some people who have a colostomy.

It is a simple technique that allows the colon to be evacuated and the user to be able…

For whom is colostomy irrigation appropriate?
January 10, 2012 : : 0 comments

People who have a colostomy, which arises from within the descending colon or sigmoid colon, may be suitable. It is important to ask your surgeon and Stomal Therapy Nurse (STN) if colostomy irrigation…

What are the benefits of colostomy irrigation?
January 10, 2012 : : 0 comments

The benefits of irrigating include:

  • Timely evacuation of the bowel in a controlled environment
  • Being able to wear a plug or small cap which have a very low profile
  • Experiencing less gas and odour
  • Improved skin integrity…
Are there any risks?
January 10, 2012 : : 0 comments

As long as a qualified Stomal Therapy Nurse teaches you how to irrigate, the risks are negligible.

The colostomy irrigation equipment is state-of-art and is used successfully and without incident by many people world-wide.

You…

How do I irrigate?
January 10, 2012 : : 0 comments

Colostomy irrigation should be performed soon after a meal e.g. breakfast. This is due to the gastric-colon response, which means that eating stimulates the motility of the colon. Therefore, a more successful outcome…

What else should I know about colostomy irrigation?
January 10, 2012 : : 0 comments
  • You will need to irrigate at the same time of the day for the best results (e.g. after breakfast)
  • Some people irrigate daily whilst others do it every second day
  • Colostomy irrigation is not appropriate…
I know someone who uses a small plug instead of a bag. Can I do this also?
September 30, 2011 : : 0 comments

For those who’ve had a colostomy, and depending on which side of the body the procedure has been performed, it’s sometimes possible to wear a plug instead of a bag. This involves…

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