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Is it true that you can irrigate with your colostomy. What is irrigation?

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In brief: Yes

Irrigation of the colostomy is much like giving an emema.
It stimulates emptying the colon. Occasionally this is a therapeutic intervention for constipation. Some long term colostomy patients use irrigation as a means of controlling when they eliminate into the ostomy bag. After irrigating, it might be several hours before having feces in the bag.

In brief: Yes

Irrigation of the colostomy is much like giving an emema.
It stimulates emptying the colon. Occasionally this is a therapeutic intervention for constipation. Some long term colostomy patients use irrigation as a means of controlling when they eliminate into the ostomy bag. After irrigating, it might be several hours before having feces in the bag.
Dr. Daniel Conway
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Sigmoid, descending

Patients with a colostomy in the sigmoid or descending colon (left sided), may be able to irrigate their ostomy; kind of like an enema, to empty the bowel; can then use a cap.
Check with your doc, get trained by the ostomy nurse, if it can work for you.

In brief: Sigmoid, descending

Patients with a colostomy in the sigmoid or descending colon (left sided), may be able to irrigate their ostomy; kind of like an enema, to empty the bowel; can then use a cap.
Check with your doc, get trained by the ostomy nurse, if it can work for you.
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