J-Pouch Construction

J-Pouch Creation

J-Pouch Creation I’ve been going through a series on the J-Pouch to help patients better understand what it is and what life with one is like. In continuing with the series, I decided to write a post about the creation of the J-Pouch. Maybe I’m strange, but I was very interested in every last detail of how it was…

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What is a J-Pouch?


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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Mama Ninja Tells All!


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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Summer Travel Advice from IBD Passport

Summer Travel Advice for Inflammatory Bowel Disease from IBD Passport Kay Greveson Inflammatory Bowel disease nurse Specialist Royal Free Hospital,  London The time of year has come where you may be planning your summer vacation. Having Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis should not restrict you from travelling  but the idea of planning a trip and  uncertainties about changes in food and…

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