Dr. Don J. Schiller Presents at UOAA Conference

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Dr. Don J. Schiller, a renowned expert in Continent Ileostomy surgery, presented at the 2011 UOAA Conference in Reno, Nevada. The United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) is an association devoted to improving awareness of Ostomy surgery.

The UOAA or United Ostomy Associations of America held this year’s Conference with the theme “Seize the Opportunity” from August 7-11, 2011 in Reno, Nevada. The UOAA is an association devoted to improving awareness of Ostomy surgery. An Ostomy is a surgically created opening in the human body which aides in the discharge of bodily wastes. It can result from birth defect, disease, or injury. Ostomy surgery enables the millions of people in the United States and around the world with ostomies to live normal, healthy, active and productive lives. (More information on the conditions that can require an Ostomy surgery: http://ileostomy-surgery.com/Common_Conditions_Leading_to_Ileostomy_Surgery.html)

The UOAA is dedicated to the improvement of the quality of life of people who require intestinal or urinary diversion surgery, and to educate the public. A featured speaker at the conference was Don J. Schiller,MD,FACS. Dr. Schiller is a renowned expert in Continent Ileostomy surgery, also called a Continent Diversion. This is an option for many people to avoid the need to wear an external appliance or pouch to collect digestive waste with a conventional ileostomy. Instead a tube is painlessly inserted through a small stoma (ostomy opening) several times a day to evacuate the waste into the toilet receptacle. Only a small patch is worn over the stoma. Dr. Schiller was the Surgeon expert on August 9th for a session entitled: Basic Continent Diversion – “Ask the Doctor, WOC Nurse, Continent Diversion Panel”. On August 10th Dr. Schiller gave a formal presentation entitled: Continent Diversion Options, Updates and Surgical Advances. (Dr. Don Schiller’s Ileostomy Options blog contains more information on ileostomy options: http://ileostomyoptions.com/index.php?/archives/26-Ileostomy-Options.html)

When a person requires removal of their colon (large intestine) and rectum, there are three options to consider concerning the evacuation of digestive, intestinal waste. The most commonly performed operation is the ileoanal J pouch (the IPAA - ileal pouch anal anastomosis). With this procedure you get to have bowel movements in the normal way,usually 4-5 per day, without requiring any supplies or equipment other than the usual toilet and paper. When that is not an option for someone, or if a J pouch fails, there are the options of internal continent ileostomy pouch or the conventional ileostomy. With the conventional Brooke ileostomy an external pouch must always be worn to collect waste, because the small intestine is a "continuous flow" system. This ileostomy does allow the vast majority of people with it to live entirely normal lives in every way. The internal pouch or Continent Ileostomy includes the Kock pouch and its modifications including the BCIR or Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir, the T-pouch, and other variations of surgical technique for intestinal continent diversion. This procedure means there is no need to wear an external pouch (sometimes called an ileostomy appliance). Ileostomy Reversal means surgically converting a conventional ileostomy to the internal continent ileostomy.

For more information on the Kock Pouch, also called Koch Pouch, see: http://www.ileostomy-surgery.com/Kock_Pouch_Ileostomy.html

For more information on the BCIR, see:

Dr. Schiller’s YouTube channel has an ongoing video series about ileostomy surgery: http://www.youtube.com/user/ileostomysurgery

Don J. Schiller,MD,FACS is a recognized expert in the field of continent ileostomy surgery. This is an option for people who require removal of their large intestine (colon and rectum) to cure Ulcerative Colitis or Familial Adenomatous Polyposis. Since 1989 Dr. Schiller has been performing the Barnett version of the Kock pouch – the BCIR (Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir). He has also operated on many people with malfunction of their Kock pouch or ileoanal J-pouch, and does ileostomy reversal for people with a conventional Brooke ileostomy. Dr. Schiller graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and did his Surgical Residency at UCLA Medical Center. He is in practice in Los Angeles, California.

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

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9808 Venice Blvd, Suite 603
Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: 1-800-677-5252 / (310) 204-4565
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