At the age of 15 I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. When you’re trying to be cool, attend school, go out on dates, and to just be a kid, having ulcerative colitis can be a real pain in the butt. The disease can shape your life in an unfavorable way and deprive you from many of the wonderful experiences in life. If you have ever experienced colitis, you’ll agree that it’s no fun! In having the disease, I wanted to talk about an option I decided to have done called the Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir that might give you your life back. I don’t work for the hospital nor am I a doctor; I really just want to give people who feel helpless with their condition a friendly ear; something I wish I had going through my days of colitis, and more importantly introduce a surgery called the BCIR.
Barnett refers to the dude that designed or created the concept of the BCIR surgery, his full name was William Barnett. We are very thankful for this doctor. Continent means you can hold or control your own poop, and it just doesn’t come out when it wants. You decide when you gotta go! Intestinal, meaning the whole contraption is made with part of your own living small intestine. So in a way it’s natural; there are no plastic gadgets or duct tape inside or outside holding this all together. The BCIR is constructed/ positioned inside your lower abdominal area as well. There is no external appliance. Reservoir or “pouch.” The reservoir is that of which is constructed from your small intestine in the shape of a pouch. The reservoir stores the stool internally. The BCIR pouch is made of something close to 2 feet of your small intestine. However, you have about 22 feet of small intestine available. The 2 feet of intestine is apparently pieced out in little squares then sewn back together to form a little football shaped bag. Since the tissue is living, it still gets blood flow.