Science Alert: Bowel problems – don’t forget to ask

Posted by Sofi Sigvardsson, November 14 2017

At the International Continence Society (ICS) meeting in Florence in 2017, there was a round table session dedicated to anal (or fecal) incontinence.

Right from the start in the opening statement, it was established that breaking the silence surrounding fecal incontinence is the most important first step. This is also the main conclusion of a recently published review, which covers clinical management of fecal incontinence from the gynecologist’s perspective: Medical professionals should always ask the patient about anal and fecal incontinence.

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Topics: Science Alert, Bowel therapy, bowel management

Science Alert: Transanal irrigation: between conservative bowel management and surgery

Posted by Sofi Sigvardsson, September 26 2017

There are many conservative options and combinations of methods when it comes to bowel management for people with neurogenic bowel disorder (NBD). 

Usually they involve diet, exercise, laxatives, as well as other methods. For some people who have struggled with conservative bowel management, surgery has been the only alternative, but surgery is generally best avoided as there may be a number of complications associated with it.

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Topics: Science Alert, Bowel therapy, TAI

ACCT talks: Empowering patients in Transanal Irrigation (TAI) with Valentina Passananti

Posted by Helene Klasson, September 15 2017

"Severe bowel problems are a social stigma. Many people tend to stay at home, too embarrassed to go out. Finding a working bowel routine is key to quality of life for these patients", Valentina Passananti, specialist in Clinical Medicine and Gastroenterology, says.

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Topics: Bowel therapy, TAI, Transanal irrigation, bowel dysfunction

Science Alert: Bowel dysfunction – management strategies

Posted by Sofi Sigvardsson, April 25 2017

Available treatment options for bowel dysfunction vary depending on symptoms, but generally when starting therapy, a conservative approach is recommended. However, as one study shows, there is a reduction in bowel function over time in persons with neurogenic bowel disorders.

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Topics: Science Alert, Bowel therapy, bowel management

What is Transanal Irrigation?

Posted by Helene Klasson, September 30 2016

It can be difficult to find a regular toilet routine if you suffer from chronic constipation or fecal incontinence. Some people are constantly afraid of public accidents or literary spending hours in the bathroom. 

Mikey was one of them until he found the solution to his bowel problems – transanal irrigation (TAI). This blog post will give you an insight!

 

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Topics: Bowel therapy, bowel management, TAI

Being a Paralympic nurse

Posted by Helene Klasson, September 1 2016

Not only the athletes are making it to the Paralympics in Rio this year – there are also a whole team of nurses and other medical staff on site. We got hold of Bev Everton, a nurse with the British Paralympic team. Bev always keep a survival kit in her bag, but not the kind you think…

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Topics: CIC, travel, Bowel therapy, bowel management

5 arguments for Transanal Irrigation (TAI)

Posted by Kent Revedal, February 4 2016

When a nurse showed me a TAI system for the first time I was sure it wasn’t for me. It involved water, tubes, catheters and a pump. I could picture how messy it would be, and disgusting. Brown water, constant maintenance, constant aggravation...
No thank you.

But one can change... 

My history has been shared in earlier blog posts: Searching for a bowel therapy and Take it easy—take TAI. If you haven’t read them, feel free to read them first to understand my original circumstances.

And you should definitely continue to read this one about me becoming a TAI advocate!

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Topics: Bowel therapy, TAI, Transanal irrigation

Take it easy—take TAI

Posted by Kent Revedal, January 28 2016

S**t happens! It’s an expression many of us use when life presents unexpected and unwanted situations.
But for some of us ”s**t happens” literally is a dream come true... If you can control it.

In my previous blog  post, Searching for a bowel therapyI shared my story of how desperately I needed a bowel regime that would make me feel safe.
My Spinal Cord Injury had caused loss of control of my bowel and that had a huge impact on my social and business life. 

But now I have found my bowel therapy... Continue to read and I will tell you all about it!

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Topics: Bowel therapy, TAI, Transanal irrigation