Bowel irrigation system

Anal irrigation and Peristeen®

Anal irrigation and Peristeen®

Peristeen is an innovative anal irrigation system from Coloplast for people who suffer from faecal incontinence or chronic constipation. Using Peristeen minimises the likelihood of involuntary bowel leakage.

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Anal irrigation and Peristeen®

Peristeen is a unique way of emptying the bowel and is used to prevent faecal incontinence and chronic constipation.
The system has been specially designed to make it portable and easy to use. This offers independence and a sense of confidence to the user. In clinical trials with patients with spinal cord injuries, the Peristeen system reduced faecal incontinence and constipation and improved quality of life(2).


How does it work?

Peristeen is a technique for emptying the bowel by introducing lukewarm tap water (36–38°C) into the rectum using a catheter. The user sits on the toilet while the water is pumped into the rectum. The water is then emptied from the bowel, along with the stools, into the toilet. The results are normally so effective that most users only have to perform the procedure every other day.


How do patients begin using Peristeen?

Individuals must be assessed by a qualified health care professional to ensure this method is appropriate for them. They can then be taught the procedure to ensure the best result. Once people are comfortable with the system, it can give them the confidence to do more with their everyday life.

 

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Helping children empty their bowels

Helping children empty their bowels

Learning how to empty their bowels is an important step in every child’s development. It helps them feel more confident and gives them the freedom to take part in social activities like swimming or playing with friends.

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Helping children empty their bowels

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Most children with spina bifida, especially when they are younger, rely on their parents to help them empty their bowels. Traditional methods to prevent bowel leakage and constipation include change of diet, suppositories, enemas, constipates, stool softeners and laxatives.


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Some children, however, find these methods of treating the bowels ineffective, as you cannot schedule when you will have a bowel movement, which often results in bowel accidents.

Bowel irrigation is one type of bowel care routine that ensures bowel movements are both regular and predictable. If performed regularly, it will make your child feel more comfortable and prevent problems such as bowel leakage and constipation.


What exactly is bowel irrigation?

Bowel irrigation is when water is introduced into the bowel via the rectum, using a rectal catheter. The water stimulates the bowel and flushes out the stool. The process takes about 30–45 minutes. After irrigating, the lower part of the bowel is empty. Bowel irrigation is performed every 1 to 2 days.

 

It is important to do it regularly as:

  • Regular irrigation prevents bowel accidents, simply because the lower bowel is empty of stool
  • Regular irrigation prevents chronic constipation as it encourages bowel movements, meaning they become regular 

 

Until your child learns how to irrigate themself, you need to make sure that it is done correctly and safely. Find a good, regular routine that works and encourage your child to take an interest. They will have to do it themselves when they are older.

It can be a good idea to keep track of your child’s progress. For inspiration, why not download and print a the Bowel Emptying Diary (pdf, 1MB).

Coloplast offers a bowel irrigation system called Peristeen®.

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Getting started using Peristeen®

Getting started using Peristeen®

Using a product like Peristeen to empty your bowels can be challenging at first. But with the right training and the right routine, you’ll soon start to notice the benefits.

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Getting started using Peristeen®

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Using Peristeen® daily or every other day, as recommended by your doctor or nurse, helps prevent bowel leakage and constipation. This means that you don’t have to worry about leakage and can feel confident to do things you want to do.

 

Take your time

Using Peristeen will mean having to get used to a new routine, but the effort will pay off. Regular emptying of your bowels can make a big difference to your quality of life.

The three most important things to remember when getting started: 

  • Use Peristeen regularly. Keep to the plan that your doctor or nurse has recommended. Regular bowel emptying with Peristeen helps prevent leakage and constipation. It can also reduce the time you need to spend taking care of your bowels. 
  • Find a time when you can empty your bowels without being disturbed or rushed. The exact time that you empty your bowel is not critical, but try to keep to the same each day, so that you get in a regular routine. 
  • Keep in regular contact with your doctor or nurse during the first few months of using Peristeen. They can help you with any queries you might have and help you adjust your routine if needed. You can also contact Coloplast Customer Care for advice and support.
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