Don J. Schiller, MD, FACS Delivers Keynote Presentation at 26th Annual QLA Conference

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The Quality Life Association, a nonprofit nationwide association devoted to continent ostomy options, held its 26th Annual QLA Conference on August 4-6, 2011 in Reno, Nevada. Featured speakers included the keynote presentation delivered by Don J. Schiller, MD, FACS entitled Concerns of Aging with a Continent Ostomy.

The Quality Life Association, a nonprofit nationwide association devoted to continent ostomy options, held its 26th Annual QLA Conference on August 4-6, 2011 in Reno, Nevada. Featured speakers included the keynote presentation delivered by Don J. Schiller, MD, FACS entitled Concerns of Aging with a Continent Ostomy. (For more information on Dr. Schiller, see http://ileostomy-surgery.com/About_Dr_Schiller.html)

Dr. Schiller is a renowned expert in surgery providing an alternative to a conventional ileostomy that requires wearing an external appliance. For over 20 years Dr. Schiller has been performing the BCIR (Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir), a modification of the original Kock pouch CIR (continent intestinal reservoir). He has also helped many people with a malfunctioning Kock pouch, revising the pouch to correct the problem. In addition, he has operated on many patients who have an unsatisfactory quality of life following total colectomy (removal of the entire large intestine and rectum) with ileoanal J pouch surgery. In patients with a failed J-pouch, the pouch can be taken down and either used to create the internal pouch, or it is removed and a new internal continent ileostomy is created out of the healthy intestine that connects to the J pouch. (Dr. Schiller discusses the BCIR with a former patient: http://ileostomy-surgery.com/Ileostomy_and_BCIR_Frequently_Asked_Questions.html)

The conditions that lead to surgery that removes the entire colon (large intestine) and rectum are mainly Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). Ileostomy Reversal is for people that had their colon and rectum removed and have a traditional Brooke ileostomy that requires wearing an external appliance to collect the digestive waste. While it is not ideal to have to wear an outside pouch, most people still have an excellent quality of life and are unlimited in their activities and psychological adjustment. When that does not happen, or if a conventional ileostomy requires surgical revision, there is the option of an internal pouch. The Continent Ileostomy (BCIR/Kock pouch) gives the patient control over the discharge of their intestinal waste. Several times a day a tube is painlessly inserted into a very small stoma opening and the waste drains into the toilet receptacle. Only a small patch is worn over the stoma. From the initial urge, evacuation can be delayed until convenient without fear of any leaking or soiling. (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 is a specialist in General Surgery 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. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has been performing continent ileostomy surgery since 1989.

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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