irrigation gives people who have a colostomy more control over eliminating
waste. This method lets you eliminate waste at a planned time. Irrigation is
usually done at the same time every day or every other day.
irrigation cone and catheter are connected to the stoma. (The stoma is the
exposed end of the intestine.) Fluid is flushed through the intestine to clear
it of waste. People who use irrigation may need only a cover or pad over the
stoma. They may not need a colostomy bag.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerArvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
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