Bowel irrigation is reported to be beneficial in managing functional and neurogenic bowel disorders such as chronic faecal incontinence and/or constipation.
If the bowel dysfunction is caused by one of the following conditions, it is often possible to gain control of the bowel function with the use of irrigation:
- Passive faecal incontinence
- Post defaecation seepage
- Incomplete evacuation
- Evacuation difficulties
- Low anterior resection syndrome (LARS)
- Urgency faecal incontinence
- Constipation (slow transit/idiopathic/ opioid induced/IBS-C)
- Neurogenic (spinal cord injury, upper motor neurone/MS/Parkinson’s/spina bifida/ cauda equina)
1 Decision guide “for the use of transanal irrigation in adults”, Authors: Anton Emmanuel, Consultant Gastroenterologist, UCL, UK, • Brigitte Collins, Global Clinical Education Manager, MacGregor Healthcare etc.