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Irrigation if not ileostomy


     Hi my name is neil I have a colostomy since August 2013 I have a large lump its  hernia which is causing pain and discomfort and leaks the surgeon said he will fix the problem wants me to irradiate if that dont work as my colon ant in great shape he will give me a ileostomy dont know how well irrigation will work or how much more work a ileostomy is if you can help with anything
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irrigation is not hard and will improve your quality of life. its my understanding that the remaining colon must be healthy to qualify for irrigation. there is a good youube video on irrigation which i suggest you watch.i irrigate and have for several years, if you have any trouble i would be glad to give you a few tips.the hernia will complicate but not prevent sucessful irrigation. get your irrigation kit and give it a try. i irrigate early in the morning every second day. i think since the bowel is not active much for 10 hours during sleep its the best time, get the water in and then have a cup of coffee or something simular which combined with introducing the water stimulates the bowel and gives a good return. i always take the phone and a book with me to pass the 1 hour time you should wait for a complete return. if you follow your routine and watch your fiber intake you should be output free for two days. good luck
Hello shrek.  I too have a colostomy complete with a hernia so I can empathise with your situation. My ostomy 'closes' over so that it causes its own blockage. However, with some experimentation I have overcome that problem by using compressed water (from a garden weedkiller-sprayer)which gently forces the water through to allow the cone to find its way through the blockage. Interestingly, once the cone is in place the blockage seems to add pressure for a short while after which it  'gives-up' and relaxes so that the rest of the irrigation can take place without pressure or pain in that area. I hope that you are successful with irrigation as it is so much more convenient not having to worry about bags during the day. I irrigate in the early evening and leave the irrigation sleeve on overnight as a bag - just in case. -- It works for me!  Best wishes Bill  
Many thanks for the advice the surgeon sais therevwas a system that one tube in and one tube that goes down the toilet nothing about a bag
the kit will come with a sleeve, watch the video on youtube and you`ll see exactly how the process works. regards. MMSH
irrigation works......I have been doing it for over 10 years now.......and can go easily 3 days with oout a bowel movement...however I usually do it every 2 days.....easily done in shower on a stool with a bucket......easy clean up afterwards..........I think though it depends on what type of colon operation you should check with your surgeon or ostomy nurse to see if you are a candidate for so it will set you free........check the video......Coloplast  sells a easy.....Good luck
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