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Colostomy irrigation is a procedure that gives people with a colostomy more control over the elimination of waste. Irrigation stimulates the intestine to function at a regular time and is generally done at the same time every day or every other day.
In this procedure, an irrigation cone and tube are connected to the stoma (the end of the exposed intestine), and irrigation 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 and may not need a colostomy bag. Irrigation requires a health professional's approval and guidance.
Last Revised: October 8, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
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