If you need to have an ostomy due to a disease, such as colon cancer, you have a few options. The kock pouch is one of three main types of ostomy procedures. This procedure is done when the colon needs to be removed, but the patient wants the pouch inside their body.
Traditional ostomy procedures use an external bag that needs to be emptied, but with the kock pouch, also referred to as K-pouch, the bag is under and flush with the skin. The Kock pouch is convenient, as emptying only requires a small tube. Draining also only needs to be done about 3-5 times a day, which is less than some other ostomy options.
Advantages of the Kock Pouch
When you choose the Kock pouch as your ostomy method, you have many great benefits. The advantages range from high self-confidence to being more comfortable with less mess. Here are the advantages of the kock pouch:
While the kock pouch is not the only option for an ostomy, it can provide many great benefits. The Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir (BCIR) that Dr. Schiller performs is an updated version of the Kock Pouch. The BCIR provides all the benefits listed above in addition to improvements on the valve, pouch positioning, and helps prevent fistula (abnormal healing). To learn more about ileostomy options, please contact Dr. Schiller’s office today.