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Don J. Schiller, MD, FACS, renowned expert in surgery for the Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir (BCIR), a surgical modification of the Kock pouch intestinal reservoir, was featured at the Quality Life Association (QLA) Symposium, a three-day educational and interactive seminar.

Don J. Schiller, MD, FACS, renowned expert in surgery for the Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir (BCIR), a surgical modification of the Kock pouch intestinal reservoir, was featured at the Quality Life Association (QLA) Symposium, a three-day educational and interactive seminar. The QLA, a nationwide non-profit, works to meet the special needs of individuals with continent diversions and educates on the latest advances in ostomy options. Dr. Don Schiller, a dedicated Los Angeles surgeon who has worked for more than 20 years to treat patients with the modified Kock pouch, was active in all phases of the seminar.

He spoke on how he became a BCIR surgeon and appeared in a documentary about the advances of the Barnett procedure and the important role of QLA nationally. This educational and informative seminar holds small group workshops, larger medical panel discussions and provides a comfortable opportunity for patients and families to speak face-to-face with the surgeons who perform this life-changing procedure. Attendees are encouraged to ask any and all questions pertaining to their BCIR - and life without a "bag" or Brooke ileostomy. As Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Schiller shared insights into all issues of living with a continent intestinal reservoir.

The BCIR, evolved from the Kock pouch, is for people who need to have their entire large intestine (colon) removed due to ulcerative colitis, familial polyposis, or colonic inertia. It is an important alternative to the conventional Brooke ileostomy with the bag, and also is performed for people who have had a poor outcome from the ileoanal J-Pouch or who cannot undergo the J- pouch procedure. Anyone in overall good health with a malfunctioning ileostomy, including people with a stoma hernia or stoma prolapse or retraction, is a candidate to be considered for the BCIR surgery. A malfunctioning ileostomy includes people with physical difficulties managing with their ileostomy appliance as well as people with emotional or psychological difficulties with their stoma. The Barnett pouch provides control over evacuation of intestinal waste via the painless insertion of a catheter several times a day and provides a vastly improved quality of life: a "bag-free" life is possible for ileostomy patients.

For more information, visit:
http://www.ileostomy-surgery.com/Ileostomy_and_BCIR_Frequently_Asked_Questions.html

About the Ileostomy Surgery Center:

The Ileostomy Surgery Center is located in Los Angeles and is the leading surgical center west of the Mississippi for the BCIR revision of the Kock pouch. Headed by Don J. Schiller, MD, FACS, the Center has been at the forefront of developments in ileostomy surgery.

Further ileostomy surgery information is available at: http://www.ileostomy-surgery.com/Ostomy_Appliance_Free_Alternatives_for_Ostomy_Appliance_Users.html

Dr. Schiller received his surgical training at UCLA Medical Center and has been a highly respected surgeon in West Los Angeles for many years. He is on the staffs of leading L.A. hospitals and has served in prominent medical staff leadership positions. Dr. Schiller performs the BCIR surgery at Olympia Medical Center where he has specially-trained nurses and staff to provide the highest level of surgical and post-surgical care.

For more information on Dr. Schiller, visit: http://www.ileostomy-surgery.com/About_Dr_Schiller.html

Contact:
The Ileostomy Surgery Center
9808 Venice Blvd, Suite 603
Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: (310) 204-4565
Fax: (310) 204-4566
http://www.ileostomy-surgery.com

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