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Can I do a colostomy irrigation?

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Colostomy irrigation is a way to manage bowel movements by emptying the colon at a scheduled time. Water is put into your colon through the stoma, an opening on your skin that connects to the colon

People with permanent colostomies and whose opening is in the descending or sigmoid portion of the colon are good candidates for irrigation. This is because their poop tend to be more formed.

People with irritable bowel syndrome, stomal problems, or stomas in the ascending or transverse parts of the colon are less likely to have success with irrigation.

From: Colostomy Irrigation WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 14, 2017

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American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 14, 2017

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