Two Years Since Takedown

Takedown

Two Years Since Takedown Well, I’ve been living with a j-pouch for two years now and I guess it’s time I update ya’ll on what life has been like… You can read some of my previous blog posts to read my whole surgery experience. Also, be sure to read about last year’s update as I talked about what life…

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What is a J-Pouch?

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What is a J-Pouch? Many patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) undergo a procedure called the ileal-pouch anal anastomosis (IPAA). IPAA is also known as J-Pouch surgery. Sources vary, but in my research, I’ve read that anywhere from 15-50% of ulcerative colitis patients will eventually have surgery. The IPAA procedure involves removing the entire colon and rectum. A pouch, or reservoir is then created…

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J-Pouches Through the Ages

J-PouchHistory

This month begins my series on J-Pouches. I have spent many months researching and many hours putting all these posts together to get a better understanding of J-Pouches so that I might share the information with you. I hope that you enjoy my five-part series on the J-Pouch. This week I share J-Pouch History. J-Pouch History 1933 The first attempted…

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Everything You Wanted to Know But Never Asked About CCFA

CCFA

Everything You Wanted to Know About CCFA While I was in Michigan last month, one of the doctors said something that struck me. She said, “There are a lot of misconceptions about the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). People think they’re all about money and doctors and pharmaceutical companies. But they are actually patient-focused and have some…

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