I know quite a few people who irrigate and are extremely happy with it. For an outline on irrigation, have a look at http://www.ostomates.org/irrigation.html
It was written by a friend of mine who irrigated for years (sadly now he's passed on) and gives a pretty good idea on what to expect and lots of pointers.
I have had an ileostomy for 32 years now due to UC.
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