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What is a colostomy irrigation?

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Colostomy irrigation is a way to manage bowel movements by emptying the colon at a scheduled time. The process involves putting water into the colon through the stoma. This causes the colon to empty.

By repeating this process regularly -- once a day or once every second day -- you can train your colon to empty without spilling waste in between irrigations. Colostomy irrigation also can help you avoid constipation.

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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