Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir (BCIR) Changes Firefighter’s Life

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“Firefighter’s First Choice For Help”, featured in the March 2011 edition of The Phoenix Magazine, the official publication of the United Ostomy Associations of America, describes Tim Sawyer’s life-changing surgery. Twenty years ago Dr. Don Schiller, renowned expert in the field of continent ileostomy surgery, created Tim’s BCIR.

“Firefighter’s First Choice For Help”, featured in the March 2011 edition of The Phoenix Magazine, the official publication of the United Ostomy Associations of America, describes Tim Sawyer’s life-changing surgery. Twenty years ago Dr. Don Schiller, renowned expert in the field of continent ileostomy surgery, created Tim’s BCIR.

Tim’s story is one experienced by many patients who experience ulcerative colitis in the prime of their life. Once physically active and healthy, he was only 26 years old when he began to have uncontrolled, bloody bowel movements 12-20 times a day along with weight loss and cold sweats. As a rookie fire fighter trying to “make the grade” he carried plastic bags and toilet paper with him at all times. (Read about the conditions that can require an ileostomy at http://ileostomy-surgery.com/Common_Conditions_Leading_to_Ileostomy_Surgery.html)

Finally, after two years and failed drug therapies, Sawyer started to explore surgical remedies. He talked to patients, attended seminars, spoke to various doctors and considered the options. These included the conventional ileostomy, the Kock-type pouch and the ileoanal J pouch. Finally he decided on Dr. Schiller and the Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir, an updated version of the Kock pouch continent ileostomy. (For more in-depth ileostomy options, see Dr. Don Schiller’s Ileostomy Options blog at http://ileostomyoptions.com/index.php?/archives/26-Ileostomy-Options.html)

Dr. Schiller operated on Sawyer and performed the surgery he has done on hundreds of patients throughout the country. With this operation, people avoid a traditional ileostomy which requires an external appliance. The BCIR is also an excellent option for people with a failed ileoanal J pouch or a malfunctioning Kock pouch. Although Sawyer lives relatively close to Los Angeles, other patients come from all parts of the United States. Dr. Schiller maintains a personal connection through regularly scheduled follow-up care either in person or by scheduled telephone appointments during the first six months post-operatively and then as needed after that. Dr. Schiller’s care is unique in that it is provided by him – not a nurse or physician’s assistant and he coordinates with the patient’s local physician. He is always available to address issues of the pouch as it may relate to the patient’s other medical issues -- for example, how to take care of the pouch when shoulder surgery is needed and the usual method of intubating may not be achieved. Dr. Schiller performs the BCIR at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles. (Dr. Schiller discusses the BCIR with a former patient: http://ileostomy-surgery.com/Ileostomy_and_BCIR_Frequently_Asked_Questions.html)

For Tim Sawyer, it was the surgery that got his life back on track. He can still play contact sports, ski, snowboard and surf. And, as he reports, “I’ve never had a problem with it and never had to have any revisions or surgical intervention.” Most importantly, Sawyer was able to resume his active life as a firefighter and today is a fire captain with the Garden Grove Fire Department – and he volunteers as a mentor for other people who are facing or recovering from BCIR surgery.

Dr. Schiller is a General Surgeon in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY and did his Surgical Residency at UCLA Medical Center. Since 1989, he has specialized in the Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir (BCIR) – the Barnett version of the Kock pouch.

For further information, please visit Dr. Schiller’s website http://ileostomy-surgery.com/Useful_Information_for_Ileostomy_Patients.html

Contact:
The Ileostomy Surgery Center
9808 Venice Blvd, Suite 603
Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: 1-800-677-5252 / (310) 204-4565
Fax: (310) 204-4566
http://ileostomy-surgery.com/Contact_the_Ileostomy_Surgery_Center.html

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