I found this on another forum and, as you can see, there was no disclaimer for those with Crohn's. Maybe it just didn't work for me. BTW, I'm not shouting. After I cut and pasted this article, I couldn't change font size.
Note: Only a colostomy can be irrigated. You cannot irrigate an ileostomy. Children do not irrigate.
Colostomy irrigation is a procedure that allows more control over the elimination of body waste because it stimulates the intestine to function at a regular time. The reason for regulating the bowel is for the ostomate's comfort and convenience. If irrigation is not accomplishing regulation or is making you more uncomfortable you should not be doing it. Irrigation is usually done at the same time every day or every other day. If you irrigate, you may need only a cover or pad over your stoma between irrigations and may not need an ostomy pouch.
Irrigating is not for everyone. Your colostomy must be in the descending or sigmoid colon. If your colostomy is in the ascending or transverse colon, the stool will be watery (ileostomy) and you won't be able to regulate it.
To irrigate your colostomy, you need to have the following equipment and supplies:
- An irrigation set, which includes a container for water, tubing with a cone end (one end of the tubing attaches to the container and the cone end is inserted into the stoma), and a clamp.
- No more than 1000 cc of tepid water.
- An irrigating sleeve and belt. (The sleeve is a long, clear plastic bag, open at the top and bottom. It snaps onto the barrier.)
- Toilet tissue.
- A toilet to dispose of waste.
In this procedure, an irrigation cone and tube are connected to the stoma (the end of the exposed intestine), and irrigation fluid is flushed through the intestine to clear it of waste.
Irrigation requires a health professional's approval and guidance.