BCIR an alternative to J-pouch and ileo.

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Phil Michelsen
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   Posted 1/24/2011 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, my name is Phil and in 1996 I had a total colectomy due to UC. I chose a procedure called the BCIR. It is similar to the J-pouch procedure but differnt in many ways. Yes, there is an internal pouch. But to empty it you use a catheter. The exit point is just above the pubic hairline and looks a lot like a second belly button. The rectum is closed up as there is no more use for it. Why did I chose this procedure. Well as a airline pilot going six times a day isn't really an option for me. I usually only go 2 to 3 times a day. Also due to the nature of the pouch incontinence is a total impossibility. I'm an incredibly active person sports and travel are a huge part of my life. This type of procedure allows me to be as active as I can be. Also, It is rare that I have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the rest room. I can eat anything I want although some foods tend to ive me problems. It is nice not having a bag and nicer still not having to go to the bathroom all day. All I'm saying is that there is an alternative to the two standard reccomended procedures out there. This isn't a new latest craze procedure and has been around for a long time. If you have questions drop me an email at jetpilot7371@comcast.net

suebear
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   Posted 1/25/2011 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
The BCIR is related to the k-pouch, not the j-pouch. It's basically a k-pouch but with a proprietary valve. Many people are very happy with their BCIRs but the one difficulty with it is that the procedure is only practiced in few hospitals in the US. So for most people, having this surgery would require a bit of travel.

Sue

Phil Michelsen
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   Posted 1/25/2011 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
That is true. Only a few hospital do the procedure. I traveled to have it done as getting the right proedure for me was more important than the problem of distance and convievence. I knew that having my colon out was going to radically change my life and it has dramatically. yikes. For me as an airline pilot incontinence and multiple bowel movement could possibly end my career. The Bcir procedure precluded these two things from ever being a problem. Also ... vanity....for me at the time having a bag or appliance on my side wasn't acceptable. Having a second belly button as I have now to me isn't visually unappealing as you can't see it even when I'm wearing low cut briefs.

suebear
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   Posted 1/25/2011 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I researched the BCIR when I was faced with surgery. I almost went with it but due to my love of backpacking I opted for a jpouch. Having to have potable water and the need to carry supplies was not going to work for me. That was 10 years ago and I have been very happy with my decision. I think it's important to point out that there are several viable surgical options for UC. I always try to tell people to research all options and weigh your lifestyle with those options. There is no perfect surgery but there is a surgery that's best for you.

Oh, and don't forget the www.bcirostomy.org They have a great discussion board for those who have either had surgery or are researching it. Thanks for sharing Phil!

Sue
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