Ulcerative colitis is a complex disease that affects over 700,000 Americans and in one quarter to one-third of these cases, some type of surgical solution is necessary. Traditional surgeries used to treat ulcerative colitis can seriously affect patients’ self-image and freedom of movement, but a new option is now available that reduces side effects and restores a familiar sense of bodily comfort. Here’s a quick overview of traditional surgical colitis treatment, and an explanation of how patients who have had their entire colon removed can avoid the need for an external bag:
Traditional surgical treatments
A new long-term colitis treatment solution
The Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir (BCIR or “Barnett Pouch”) is a revised version of the traditional Kock pouch. Dr. Barnett developed a new method of creating and suturing the internal pouch, which significantly reduces the incidence of fistula and infection. Also, the BCIR involves building the valve in a direction that works with the natural movements of the small intestine, so that intestinal mucous is directed toward the pouch, rather than the opening. Most importantly, the BCIR constructs the valve in a far stronger manner, so that it naturally seals off more tightly as the pouch fills with gas and waste. Leakage and infection are reduced and a normal lifestyle is once again possible.
If you currently have an external appliance or other ostomy solution, or you are just now approaching your first surgery, the BCIR is available to you. Contact Dr. Don Schiller, The Ileostomy Specialist, today to learn about your options.