Are you suffering from the effects of chronic ulcerative colitis, FAP, Crohn's disease or colon and rectal cancer? Is taking medication, living with pain and being tied to the restroom a part of your daily life? Do you want to avoid a permanent external bag (ileostomy)?
If you are looking for alternatives to permanent ileostomy, a J-pouch procedure (also known as pelvic pouch, ileo pouch or ileal pouch) may be the answer. After a J-pouch procedure, patients gain control over their bowel movements, choose when to use the restroom, and resume a normal life.
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Cleveland Clinic's Digestive Disease Institute has the most experience in the United States in creating successful J-pouches and repairing failed pelvic pouches. As an alternative to open procedures, Cleveland Clinic offers minimally invasive laparoscopic J-pouch procedures, resulting in faster recovery and less pain. It is Cleveland Clinic's goal to help patients live a normal, healthy life - you can achieve this through a J-pouch procedure with our experienced and dedicated physicians.
"I am a survivor of ulcerative colitis (UC). I was just existing, not really living. My physician referred me to a gastroenterology group in Little Rock, AR, who reviewed my records via teleconference and told my physician that if I were their patient, they would send me straight to Cleveland Clinic because I seemed the perfect candidate for the J-pouch procedure. Life is good. Cleveland Clinic is good."
LaDonna Ashbrooks, Murfreesboro, Arkansa
Cleveland Clinic J-pouch procedure patient