BCIR Restores Independence to Ostomy Patients

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New Website - BCIRProcedure.com - Launched to Celebrate and Educate on BCIR

I am wearing a bikini again and my life no longer revolves around finding the next restroom.

It is estimated that over 1 million Americans suffer from severe bowel disease, including Ulcerative Colitis, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, and multiple colonic tumors. Until the late 1960s, those suffering from medically unresponsive intestinal diseases had only one surgical choice – an ostomy with an external appliance. Today, ostomy patients have options, and one may be the Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir, or BCIR. Now, a new website, http://www.BCIRProcedure.com, is another resource for prospective patients.

When a patient must have his or her large intestine (colon and rectum) removed, a new pathway must be created for the evacuation of waste. BCIR is an appliance-free intestinal ileostomy. It is 100% internal and 100% appliance free. Since the pouch is internal, it eliminates the need for an external appliance.

The BCIR itself is a pouch created from the small intestine and is located on the inside of the abdominal wall. The function of the pouch is to store intestinal waste. The waste can then be drained throughout the day by inserting a catheter into a small, surgically created opening in the abdomen called a stoma. With a BCIR, patients are given control over their own waste. For patients without a colon, this is a life-changing procedure. Former BCIR patient Joe says, "I control my life now, whereas before illness controlled me.”

The predecessor to the BCIR, the Kock Pouch (k-pouch) had a 40% failure rate due to valve slippage. Dr. William Barnett began modifying the Kock pouch in 1979, creating a new collar to eliminate the problem of frequent valve slippage. Dr. Barnett performed over 300 BCIR surgeries before joining Palms of Pasadena Hospital (St. Petersburg, FL) in 1988. Since that year, well over 1,000 BCIR surgeries have been performed at Palms of Pasadena. The BCIR is a complete re-modification of the previous Kock Pouch, paving the way for the latest advancement in ostomy options.

    Most BCIR patients are individuals who had to undergo removal of their colon for Ulcerative Colitis (UC) or Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) or those who have already gone through a surgical procedure who have had an unsatisfactory outcome, one that is unable to restore them to full and normal functioning and quality of life. Most of the patients who have a BCIR have found that this procedure has restored their quality of life, giving them a newfound freedom. “I am wearing a bikini again and my life no longer revolves around finding the next restroom,” said Michelle, a former BCIR patient.

There are many reports of BCIR patients whose lives are better now than they’ve ever been. Take Jim for example, “I’ve been skiing in Vail, zip lined in the rainforest of St. Lucia, parasailing in Hawaii, and I work 50+ hours a week.” Just some of the activities BCIR patients are involved in include running, biking, hiking, parasailing, skiing, water skiing, scuba diving, swimming, and so much more.

There are countless testimonies pouring in from BCIR patients about the quality of life they now enjoy. BCIR restores freedom and mobility to those who previously had to plan their days around their restroom schedule. BCIR is performed at only two locations in the country, one being Palms of Pasadena. For more information on the procedure, to read more patient testimonials, and to see if you qualify, check out the new http://www.BCIRProcedure.com or http://www.bcir.com.

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