J Pouch Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis

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What is a J-pouch?

When the colon and rectum are removed (due to ulcerative colitis or familial adenomatous polyposis), another reservoir must be created for bowel contents (stool) to exit the body. Surgically creating a “J” shaped reservoir (called a J-pouch) is an option for selected patients to store and pass stool. A J pouch is created out of an individual’s own small bowel. The surgeons at RCRS offer leading edge robot assisted J pouch surgery to selected patients.

How is a J-pouch created?

In a surgical procedure called a total proctocolectomy and ileal pouch anal anastomosis, the entire colon and rectum are removed. A reservoir is created from the distal small bowel (called the ileum), which is then joined to the anal canal. This pouch serves as a storage place for stool. The patient is able to pass bowel movements through the usual route, eliminating the need for a permanent ostomy (also called a stool bag).

Who is a J-pouch candidate?

J-pouch procedures have become the gold standard for treating chronic ulcerative colitis in which medical therapy has failed to control a patient’s symptoms. J-pouches also are used for familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), and for selected patients who have been diagnosed and treated for colon and rectal cancer.

What are the benefits of a J-pouch?

Having control over bowel movements
Not having an ostomy (stool bag)
Being free from the need to instantly find a restroom

Why come to the Rochester Colon and Rectal Surgeons (RCRS)?

Rochester Colon and Rectal Surgeons offer minimally invasive and robotic J pouch surgery. The surgeons at RCRS are the most experienced group of board certified colorectal specialists in Upstate NY to offer robotic assisted colorectal surgery.

RCRS Facts

  • Six board certified colorectal surgeons offer minimally invasive J-pouch procedures.
  • Largest group of experienced colorectal specialists in Upstate NY to offer J pouch surgery
  • Only group of colorectal providers in Rochester NY to offer a support group for patients before and after J pouch surgery Most experienced group of board certified colorectal specialists in Upstate NY to offer robotic assisted colorectal surgery
  • First group of colorectal surgeons in Upstate NY to unite on site medical expertise for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with state of the art surgical care for IBD.

If you are interested in minimally invasive/ robot assisted J pouch surgery, please call any of our offices to schedule an appointment.