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How often should you drain a K-pouch?

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Right after the operation, you'll have what doctors call an indwelling catheter, meaning the surgeon will leave a tube in the pouch to drain continuously. This will last for about 3-4 weeks to allow the pouch to mature.

Then you'll probably start by draining the pouch every 2 hours during the day while you're awake and at bedtime and first thing in the morning. During the night, you'll usually set the catheter to constant drainage, or you may set your alarm clock to wake you to empty the pouch.

Over the next several weeks, you can wait longer between pouch drainages.

Three months after surgery, you�ll probably need to empty the pouch four to six times per day and use irrigation two of these times. You should do it before you work out or go to bed, and any time you feel full or bloated.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 26, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America.

 

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on September 26, 2018

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