Establishing a regular bathroom routine doesn't always come easy for people living with fecal incontinence, chronic constipation or time-consuming bowel management procedures. One well-proven and highly effective solution can be transanal irrigation (TAI), which empties the bowel by introducing water into the rectum via a specialized catheter. The water encourages bowel movements and also softens the stool, so the bowel can be emptied efficiently.
Be prepared and give yourself time to change habits – both mentally and physically – and the bowel to adapt to your new routines. You also need time to find your optimal treating parameters. It is important to have realistic expectations of what TAI can do for you and how long it may take to achieve satisfactory results. A commitment of up to 4–12 weeks is necessary in order to stabilize the bowel and to develop a good individualized defecation routine.
A new bowel management routine can take time, but it is worth it!
Education and personalization is key to success in TAI, and comprehensive training is very important when you start. Ideally, your healthcare provider should guide you through your first session and make adjustments as you mature in your bowel management routine.
When performing TAI, the colon needs to be air- and water-tight. In patients with no sphincter control, the catheters must be equipped with a balloon to establish this.A manual pump device ensures safety by utilizing a valve on the water storage bag cover. This valve opens when pressure exceeds potentially hazardous values for the colon, keeping the user safe and the procedure effective.
How TAI works, step by step
TAI gives you control over the time and place that you empty your bowel. Here's how the TAI bowel management system works.
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