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J-Pouch Surgery

J-pouch surgery (ileoanal anastomosis) removes the colon and lining of the rectum, and replaces them with the small intestine. J-pouch surgery is useful in treating ulcerative colitis and colon cancer, and is often performed as a preventive measure in people who have genetic syndromes (like FAP) that dramatically increase their risk of developing colon cancer.
Ileoanal Anastomosis
Ileoanal anastomosis is a surgical procedure that removes a person's colon and rectal lining, but allows the person to maintain control over their bowel functions. A surgeon uses the small intestine to create an internal pouch that stores waste and connects to the anal canal.
Overview of the J-Pouch Operation
A j-pouch is a complex type of surgery used for people who have ulcerative colitis, particular types of colon cancer, and familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). Developed in the 1970s, this surgery eliminates the need for an external pouch to collect waste. The procedure can be performed in one, two, or three steps, but is most often done in two.
Diet After J-Pouch Surgery
What is a normal diet for a person who has had j-pouch surgery? Find out which foods can cause diarrhea or skin irritation and which foods may cause bowel obstructions.
My Life as a J-Poucher
About's Guide to Inflammatory Bowel Disease shares her experience with j-pouch surgery.
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