The Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir, or BCIR, is a popular option for patients who need an ostomy because of colon removal. In order to ensure that the procedure is successful, you need to prepare for surgery properly. Below is some information to help you get ready for your upcoming BCIR procedure.
At your preoperative appointment, you will talk to your surgeon about the upcoming procedure. He or she will explain how the procedure works and what you can expect on the day of surgery. This is also your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the procedure itself, preparing for the procedure and the recovery period.
Before your scheduled surgery, be sure to eat well, exercise and get plenty of rest so you will be as strong as possible for your procedure. You should also follow all of your preoperative instructions carefully. These instructions may include dietary restrictions, changes to your medication regimen and other steps you need to take to be ready for surgery.
The BCIR procedure requires you to remain in the hospital for a while so your surgeon can monitor healing and watch for any signs of complications. During this time, you will also learn how to use a catheter to empty your BCIR, and you will learn how to care for your stoma.
Dr. Schilling’s patients usually spend two weeks in the hospital after the BCIR procedure. To make this time go as smoothly as possible, make sure you pack what you need to be comfortable. You may want to bring slippers, extra underwear, comfortable clothing, and toiletries. You may also want to bring items to keep yourself busy, such as your laptop, tablet, phone, books and any chargers you need.
On the day of your procedure, be sure to arrive at the hospital at your appointed time. After you arrive, you will be admitted and prepared for surgery.