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

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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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Mama Ninja Tells All!

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So this week I want to talk to you about Mama Ninja. I got the scoop from her about her diagnosis story and permission to share it with you guys! Enjoy this Q & A session… *** Colitis Ninja (CN): How old were you when you started getting symptoms? Mama Ninja (MN): The first I remember having symptoms, I was about…

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What happens during a colectomy?

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What Happens During a Colectomy? If  you read last week’s blog post, you’ll know that I’m coming up on ONE YEAR since the removal of my wretched colon on April 15th. The procedure I had done was the proctocolectomy with the construction of a j-pouch and loop ileostomy. A proctocolectomy differs from a colectomy because the rectum (and sometimes…

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