Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Colorectal Cancer Health Center

Select An Article
Font Size

Caring for a Continent Ileostomy or K-Pouch

(continued)

Other Helpful Tips About K-Pouch Care

These other tips can help you properly care for your K-pouch:

  • Inspect the catheter frequently to be sure drainage is flowing freely through the tube.
  • Irrigate the catheter twice a day, or as instructed by your ET nurse or doctor. Irrigate with 1 ounce of tap water, and let it drain off.
  • As a general rule, most patients will have continuous drainage into a drainage bag until their first follow-up appointment after surgery. During this time, you should not experience pressure beneath the pouch, an absence of stool draining from the catheter, or stool leaking around the catheter. If any of these signs or symptoms occur, check the catheter for kinks, irrigate the catheter, pinch the catheter between your finger and thumb and check if a fluid or air column can be seen moving up and down. If the above steps do not work to relieve symptoms, remove the catheter, clean it, and replace it. Call your doctor if problems continue.
  • Inspect the stoma daily. It should look shiny, moist, and red. Report any changes to your doctor.
  • If stool becomes too thick and movement through the catheter appears slow or difficult, increase your fluid intake to 10-12 eight-ounce glasses of fluid daily. Include water, juice, and other non-caffeinated beverages.
  • Never take laxative preparations, as they can cause diarrhea and lead to dehydration.

 

1|2|3

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Arnold Wax, MD on June 19, 2012
Next Article:

Today on WebMD

colorectal cancer slideshow
SLIDESHOW
what is your cancer risk
HEALTH CHECK
 
Colon Cancer Survival
VIDEO
Kemeny Chemo Side Effects
VIDEO
 

bread
ARTICLE
Colon vs Rectal Cancer
VIDEO
 
New Colorectal Treatments
VIDEO
can lack of sleep affect your immune system
FEATURE
 

Cancer Facts Quiz
QUIZ
Virtual Colonoscopy
VIDEO
 
Picture of the Colon
ANATOMY
Vitamin D
SLIDESHOW
 

WebMD Special Sections