Who can benefit from bowel irrigation?

Bowel symptoms where irrigation can help

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 defecation seepage
  • Rectocele
  • 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 neuron/MS/Parkinson’s/spina bifida/ cauda equina)

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.

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