Cecostomy / MACE Procedures
A cecostomy or MACE (Malone Antegrade Colonic Enema) surgical procedure is performed when other therapy techniques have not helped severe constipation or fecal incontinence, the loss of bowel control. These procedures are usually only performed after other techniques to manage constipation or fecal incontinence have proven unsuccessful. This procedure gives the child, or caregiver, the ability to completely empty the colon by giving him or herself an enema through a small opening in the side of the abdomen.
What will this surgical procedure involve?
Before the surgical procedure
Approximately two (2) days before the surgical procedure, your child will need to be on a clear fluid diet and begin a bowel clean out. Depending on the child and the situation, this may either be done at home or in the hospital. Your child’s bowel will need to be completely clean before this surgical procedure can be performed.
After the surgical procedure
Most children are in the hospital for 2 or 3 days after the surgical procedure to make sure no complications arise. During this time your child will be allowed to walk around, as tolerated, and will need to be on a clear diet until normal bowel movements return. Your doctor or nurse will instruct you and your child on how to flush out your bowels using the catheter.
For more information, please speak with your pediatric gastroenterologist.
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