BCIR (Barnett's Continent Internal Reservior)

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   Posted 11/10/2007 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I have UC and am considering my options for surgery. Anyone have or know much about the BCIR? I've looked at a few web sites and it seems like only a few doctors do the surgery in only a few locations in the USA. Why is that? To me it seems the best option because there is no external bag and the risk of incontinence isn't present like in a J-pouch.
What do you guys think?

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 11/10/2007 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
i looked at this surgery and like you thought it sounded great! but when i started looking into it i found there were some problems. It's anew procedure, i think about 500 poeple have had it so far, i didn't really want to be having a surgery that so few people had had! it's apparently pretty hard to do, which is why it's only done in a few hosptials in the US, i think there are two or three. It has a high rate of failure, or pouchitis from what i remember. WHen i asked my surgeon about it he said, it's a great idea, but it's still got kinks in it.
I was actually leaning towards it before i found out about the low number of people who had it and the high failure rate. Anyway, one of the ostomy boards has a forum just for people who have those. Although there aren't many people on there, lol.
Life with a bag isn't bad though.
Good luck with whatever you decided
snaej ni tfel eht no cip

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   Posted 11/11/2007 1:40 AM (GMT -6)   
It's a patented operation and they won't allow but a few hospitals to do it. The biggest problem as far as I can see, is that local surgeons won't touch it if anything goes wrong and you have to travel back to the hospital where you had your original op.

It's very similar to the kock's pouch surgery which is more widely available so you may want to look into that instead.

As Summerstorm said, there is the risk of pouchitis (as in the j pouch as well).

Good luck in your research.
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
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