An anal tube (commonly referred to as a rectal catheter) provides effective waste collection in nursing homes or intensive care units, and helps ensure sanitary conditions for residents. By sitting comfortably within the rectum and creating a seal against liquid stool being collected in its pouch, this aid provides effective sanitation care while decreasing linen changes frequently required in such settings.
An anal tube may help alleviate pain associated with chronic illnesses like cancer. When necessary, local anaesthesia may be used during installation.
Plastic or polyurethane anal tubes are typically the preferred material. Because these anal tubes can be formed to fit your rectum more closely, insertion and removal becomes simpler. Some have soft tips while others provide rigid support.
Problems associated with anal tubes include leakage, incontinence and infection. To protect yourself against infection it’s essential that the rectum and anal area be regularly cleansed using an antiseptic ointment designed specifically for this task – especially if sleeping for long periods. Furthermore, changing this ointment frequently is also crucial.
If you suffer from incontinence, your doctor may suggest sitting on a toilet and performing the “poop test,” stimulating anal sphincter nerves with mild electrical impulses to stimulate anal sphincter nerves and create mild pressure against them. An X-ray may also be taken in order to assess rectal prolapse or any other possible issues.
If you have an anal fistula, your doctor may recommend an advancement flap procedure as part of their treatment to assist its healing. In this process, an anoscope is used to open up part of the fistula so tissue from your cloaca can be taken for use to cover where the fistula entered your bowel; finally a flap of tissue covering this opening between where it entered and exited can then cover this new fistula opening in its entirety.