Fecal Diversion

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Part 7 in an educational video series exploring ostomy procedures, appliance use and ostomy management

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by Joy Hooper RN, BSN, CWOCN
Some people choose the J-Pouch procedure rather than the traditional colostomy or ileostomy.

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Part 6 in an educational video series exploring ostomy procedures, appliance use and ostomy management

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by Joy Hooper RN, BSN, CWOCN

The "J-Pouch" is an example of an internal intestinal pouch constructed of small intestine. The surgery is performed as an alternative to a permanent ileostomy when the large intestine (colon) needs to be removed. The J-Pouch procedure can be performed in a I, II, or III stage surgical procedure. Although there are many complications associated with this procedure such as anal leakage after surgery, bowel obstruction, and pouchitis, there are many people that feel the J-Pouch procedure literally gave them their life back. Below is a comment from a J-Pouch patient: