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Questions considering a Peristeen System

What are the methods for the treatment of neurogenic bowel dysfunction? 
There are a lot of options for the treatment of neurogenic bowel dysfunction. These options can range from more conservative methods, such as managing fluid and diet, different medications. If those aren’t working, the next thing you can do is to move up to using enemas and suppositories, which usually have a lot of chemical additives. For some people, these methods work. However, there are others for whom these methods just won’t work. Before Peristeen, the next step was a surgical intervention. Once the issue with bowel accidents became more frequent and more debilitating, a lot of people had surgery.

What is Peristeen?

Peristeen is an anal irrigation system for bowel management that provides an alternative method to bowel management after trying other conservative methods before resorting to a surgery.

When Should You Consider Trying Peristeen?
If other traditional bowel management methods don’t work and if accidents keep happening, before having a surgery, consider trying Peristeen.

Who manufactures Peristeen and is it FDA approved?

Peristeen is designed and manufactured by Coloplast. It has been in Europe since 2006. It was FDA approved in the United States in 2012.

What makes Peristeen different from other bowel management programs?

Unlike other enemas, Peristeen uses a specially designed pump system that includes a water bag and a hydrophilic rectal catheter that has a retention balloon built into it.

How Does Peristeen Work?  

The water bag is filled with warm tap water and then a hydrophilic catheter is inserted into the patient’s rectum. The balloon is inflated and actually seals off the rectum and creates an almost an artificial sphincter. This prevents water from leaking out during the process. Because that catheter is securely in place in the rectum, it doesn’t have to be held in place. The person has two free hands, which is a great benefit to someone who might have some dexterity issues.  The water is then pumped in and this stimulates very strong contractions of the colon and results in a much more emptying of the left side of the colon. Because of a more complete emptying, it takes up to 24-48 hours for stool to form and reach the left colon. Hence, the bowel continence is achieved. Most people will only need to irrigate every other day or 3 times a week.

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*Originally presented by Sharon Osgood, Coloplast’s Clinical Consultant in Continence Care on “Is Your Catheter Cool?” Webinar in January 2016.

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