The RETROWASH™ is a sealed irrigation and collection system that provides a clean, easy to use method for conducting on-table lavage in emergency bowel resections. The device enables the use of a rapid and safe new retrograde irrigation technique. Antegrade irrigation may also be used.
The RETROWASH™ also facilitates intra-operative colonoscopy. A significant proportion of large bowel obstruction patients have polyps or secondary tumours in the proximal colon. In many cases these would not be identified until follow-up 6 months after the initial surgery. Use of the RETROWASH™ makes it possible for the surgeon to visualise the proximal colon in all these patients at the time of surgery.