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Introduction for Healthcare Professionals to Peristeen Transanal Irrigation (TAI):
Get an animated insight into how the digestive system works and learn more about bowel irrigation as a technique to help your patients empty their bowels. Watch the effect that transanal irrigation has on the bowels visualized by means of scinitigraphic imaging of the colon.
The benefits of using Peristeen TAI for patients:
- Prevents fecal incontinence and constipation, for up to two days between irrigations
- Enables the patient to decide when to empty their bowels, so it fits in with their lifestyle
- Improves quality of life
- Reduces the total time spent daily by the patient on their bowel management
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Frequently asked questions about bowel irrigation
This FAQ is intended as a guide to commonly asked questions. Please always consult your healthcare professional regarding bowel irrigation.
For more information, watch the video about getting started with Peristeen.
What is bowel irrigation?
Where can I get Peristeen®?
How often should I irrigate?
What time of the day is best for irrigating?
Can I travel with the irrigation equipment?
What should I do if I leak between irrigations?
How the bowel works
The bowel is divided into the small intestine and the large intestine (colon, rectum and anus). The main function of the small intestine is to absorb nutrients released from the food digested in the stomach. The large intestine absorbs water from food and forms semi-solid and solid food waste into stools, which are eliminated from the body through the anus. Waste product is moved along the digestive system by a wave of involuntary contractions (peristalsis).
Bowel symptoms can vary depending on the underlying cause. Read about the most common bowel problems people are experiencing and test your patients bowel symptoms.
What is neurogenic bowel?
Neurogenic bowel can be described as slow movement of stools, constipation, bowel leakage, and difficulty emptying the bowel. Control of the external anal sphincter muscles may also be disrupted, increasing the risk of bowel accidents.
There are two main types of neurogenic bowel dysfunction:
- Reflex bowel
- Flaccid bowel
Reflex bowel causes loss of the ability to feel when the bowel is full. Although the anal sphincter muscle (the muscle that keeps the anus closed) remains tight, it will open on a reflex basis when the rectum becomes full and, therefore, the bowel can empty at any time unless appropriately managed. Reflex bowel can occur when the spinal cord is damaged above the T12 level.
Flaccid bowel is when the anal sphincter muscle (that normally keeps the anus closed) becomes relaxed and stays open, often leading to accidental emptying of the bowel. Flaccid bowel is generally caused by damage below the T12 level.
One cause of neurogenic bowel is spinal cord injury (SCI). The impact on bowel function depends on the level of spinal cord injury and where the damage occurs (as mentioned above).
Bowel irrigation video guides
Used routinely, daily or every other day, Peristeen can help reduce the physical discomfort and mental worry of bowel leakage and constipation, making it easier to take part in social activities, go to work or travel.