Peristeen transanal irrigation system [ Bowel Motions don't stop part 3]
Basically a follow up to my Bowel Motions don't stop posts describing my tribulations following my low anterior resection of upper rectum and sigmoid colon and a temporary ileostomy reversal which went wrong due to adhesions and scar tissue leading to a further small bowel resection and further anastimosis .
There then followed a series of strictureplasties 6 in all to stretch the original anastimosis. Diameter finally settled at around 18mm and it was decided that any further attempts would result in further scar tissue formation which would be counterproductive. Since then bowel motions have been kept soft with the regular use of movicol once a day and a degree of stability achieved. Unfortunately over the last few months I have become aware of further scarring which has developed at the anastimosis site on one side. This has resulted in everything slowing down again despite me trying to keep all bowel motions the consistency of toothpaste! My GP now tells me my anastimosis is now a bit like an S bend and its this thats causing the problem. She suggests that over a period of a few days despite me continuing to pass some stool things begin to back up leading to my current distressing symptoms. Her suggestion was to employ more movicol but because my diet is restricted anyway this seems to make me feel quite ill unlike in the past. The other alternative would be perhaps to use some form of anal irrigation system to prevent any build up. My question is whether this has proved useful to others with a low resection experiencing slow transit and build up problems? Perhaps its not appropriate for rectal anastimosis patients? I would be grateful to hear from anyone using anal irrigation post operatively to hear of their experiences and if it proved effective in relieving discomfort?
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