Is there anyone who has had the BCIR procedure?

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   Posted 2/2/2010 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I am hoping that I am a candidate for the BCIR surgery and am trying to learn as much as I can about it.  I would like to hear from anyone that has had this procedure and how your quality of life is.  Also, I want to know if you've had any adverse effects from the BCIR.

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   Posted 2/3/2010 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
You can talk with BCIR folks at I believe they have an active discussion board. The 2 hospitals that perform the BCIR are also good at getting prospective patients hooked up with current patients so you can talk to them; at least they were when I was considering that surgery. In the 9 years or so of being on ostomy boards I have only run across 2 BCIR patients; their numbers are small as compared to j and k pouchers.

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   Posted 2/6/2010 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am a new member and would like to know what BCIR is?

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   Posted 2/7/2010 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
The BCIR stands for Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir! It is a continent ileostomy. They remove the large intestine and rectum and make you an internal pouch out of your own small intestines. Then, you stick a catheter in the pouch and empty the waste 3 to 6 times a day. The stoma is a small button hole that must be covered with gauze or a bandaid because mucous accumalates there and also to keep it protected. You can visit their website at to learn more....
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