This surgery is done to treat
ulcerative colitis. The doctor removes all of the
large intestine (colon) and the diseased lining of the rectum. This surgery is also called an ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA).
In an ileoanal procedure, the lining of the rectum is removed, and the
lower end of the
small intestine (the ileum) is attached to the opening of the anus. The
surgeon makes a pouch from the ileum to hold fecal material (stool). The lower
end of the pouch is attached to the anus. The muscles around the rectum are
left in place. This allows for fairly normal bowel movements.
Ulcerative colitis can begin very early. At the age of 12, for instance, Amanda Sina Griffith found herself the object of a custody battle -- and was besieged by painful stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. “I’d had very mild stomach symptoms before; my doctor thought it was a bacterial infection. But now, it was worse,” she recalls. The diagnosis was ulcerative colitis.
Now 31, the Norton, Mass., public relations consultant and mother of a 7-month-old still finds that when she’s under stress her...
ileoanal procedure cures ulcerative colitis by removing all the tissue that
the disease could return to.
What To Expect After Surgery
This surgery is sometimes done in two
stages. In the first surgery, the doctor removes the large intestine, makes an
opening in the abdomen, and attaches the ileum to the opening. This is called
an ileostomy. In a second surgery, the pouch is formed from the ileum and then attached to the
opening of the anus. Recovery from each surgery takes 1 to 2 weeks. The two
steps may be done in the same operation if you are not ill at the time of
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October 8, 2012
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