J-Pouch & Pregnancy Q & A

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Your J-Pouch & Pregnancy Questions NOTE: This blog post is written based on my personal experience of being pregnant with a j-pouch. I’m currently early in my 3rd trimester and anything could change between now and then. While most of my answers are based on my own experience, I have done research on pregnancy with a j-pouch and know…

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Complications of Ulcerative Colitis

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Complications of Ulcerative Colitis (and How to Spot Them) Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease is an adventure all by itself. You never know from one day to the next how your day is going to go or what surprises await you. I thought it might be helpful, particularly for new patients, if I wrote a two-part series of complications…

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Two Years Since Takedown

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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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