Ileostomy Surgery – New Website Answers Big Question: “Is There Life Without ‘A Bag’?”

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Ileostomy surgery is on the minds of thousands of people who dare to imagine life without ‘a bag’. They ask: “Is it possible for someone like me to live without wearing an appliance? Who can I turn to for information – and will I have to pay for it?” A new website launched by Dr. Don Schiller of the Ileostomy Information Center in Los Angeles answers pressing personal questions about BCIR – the appliance-free alternative to conventional ileostomy surgery.

“Ileostomy surgery is on the minds of thousands of men and women who dream of living a ‘bag-free’ life,” says Dr. Don Schiller, who has performed the procedure for almost 20 years on hundreds of patients. “A ‘bag-free’ life is much more than a dream,” says Schiller, who founded the Ileostomy Information Center in Los Angeles. The center’s new website launches today at

“Unfortunately, many people who could benefit from BCIR surgery have no idea that an appliance-free life is a real possibility,” he says. Schiller is counted as one of only a few doctors nationally and internationally who is trained to perform the operation.

BCIR is an abbreviation for the Barnett continent intestinal reservoir, named for the American doctor who during the 1980s developed this modern-day surgical procedure that creates a self-sealing internal pouch, which temporarily stores waste – and does not require the use of a bag or other external appliance.

"Most BCIR patients have had a conventional Brooke ileostomy and are dissatisfied with the external appliance due to physical or psychological limitations," says Schiller. He says other patients need to have surgery to remove their colon (large intestine) and are seeking treatment options.

“Some people mistakenly believe a BCIR is performed for cosmetic reasons,” says Schiller, but this is not the case. After a BCIR, patients have control over the discharge of internal waste – and of course, they have the freedom that comes with never having to wear a bag or other external appliance. Our patients tell us this freedom is life-changing.”

The most satisfied BCIR patients receive long-term personalized care from their surgeon,” says Schiller. “We develop a relationship. I want patients to feel comfortable asking questions before and after surgery – even years later. We stay in touch and I also communicate with their family doctors.”

Schiller regularly conducts live, no-cost teleconferences. The next teleconference takes place on Thursday, December 8 at 6 PM Pacific Standard Time. “Anyone interested in ileostomy and BCIR topics can call in,” he says. He says family members also participate.

“It requires no more than a telephone to join in this teleconference. I answer questions and provide information, and I don’t use complicated medical terminology,” says Schiller.

For more information on how to participate in the ileostomy teleconference visit or call Schiller’s assistant, Virginia Grant at

(310) 284-8332.

About Dr. Schiller –

Don J. Schiller, M.D., FACS, is a recognized authority on the BCIR continent ileostomy surgery. He has operated on hundreds of ileostomy patients from all over the world during his 30-year medical career. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1977. He received his M. D. degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and did his surgical training at UCLA in Los Angeles.


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