When should I do a colostomy irrigation?
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. It’s best done about an hour after a meal, which is when the colon is most likely to be full.
You can do it once a day or once every other day, depending on your preference and ability to control your pooping.
It generally takes about 6 to 8 weeks for the bowel to become regulated with irrigation. It helps to set a routine and irrigate at the same time each day.
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