Internet Search for Ileostomy Options Helps Find Life Changing BCIR Pouch at Olympia Medical Center
As a person who had an ileostomy procedure (typically, because the colon has been partially or wholly removed), Adam was miserable having to deal daily with a malfunctioning J-Pouch to collect intestinal waste. He was in constant pain and recalls that his priorities were about making sure he knew where all of the restrooms were so he could plan his daily activities. He searched the Internet looking for alternatives and discovered the BCIR option for people with a failed J-pouch.
People with ileostomies must use an ostomy pouch or appliance to collect the waste because disease or injury has rendered the large intestine incapable of safely processing it. With an ostomy pouch, waste is detoured to the collection apparatus, which must be emptied several times a day.
Once physically active and healthy, Adam had many restrictions with the J-Pouch. Although his work required standard physical activities, like lifting, crawling, climbing and scaling things to perform inspections, he says, “Prior to the surgery I wasn’t able to do much of that -- if anything at all.”
He was in constant pain and recalls that his priorities were about making sure he knew where all of the restrooms were so he could plan his daily activities. He searched the Internet looking for alternatives and discovered the BCIR option for people with a failed J-pouch or a faulty Kock pouch.
As Adam puts it, “I started searching online Question Forums that led me to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, which had links to related Discussion Boards. The majority of the Discussion Boards focused on failed J-Pouches. After I reviewed the information, the data pointed me to Dr. Schiller, The Quality of Life Association and Olympia Medical Center.” He did more research on the Internet about the BCIR option at Olympia Medical Center. The information he collected led to his choosing the BCIR procedure with Dr. Schiller, says Adam.
Now that Adam has the BCIR Pouch, he says, “It’s an absolute about- face. Now there are no restrictions and I have complete control. All those problems have been taken away.
“It’s just wonderful and I’m looking forward to the years to come where I’m just going to be able to do more and more. In the physical activities area there was a big change -- swimming, jogging, hiking, running, bicycling -- riding a mountain bike was definitely off limits before. Now there are no issues with that with the new BCIR Pouch.”
Adam says that when he looks back at the last eight years of surgeries, hospitals and doctors, “My stay at Olympia Medical Center provided absolutely the best care and management of my health that I have ever had throughout the whole experience. I’m still just very impressed by how thorough and meticulous and how much follow up there is with Dr. Schiller and the team. I have never seen that level of care in other places. I think that’s a really important thing for people to know prior to going into something like this.”
“I find myself able to do things that I was unable to or wouldn’t even attempt prior to the surgery, and most importantly I can now keep up with my two growing children. I now have a new look on life, and feel that I have again reached the summit of happiness. I am renewed with confidence and vigor, and am excited to have been given a new view in life!
“It is my desire and passion to share this with as many as I can, and to help educate patients in surgical options for the management of these diseases.”
About Dr. Schiller: Don Schiller, M.D., performs the BCIR option at Olympia Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Schiller maintains a personal connection through regularly scheduled follow-up care either in person or by scheduled telephone appointments during the first six months post-operatively and then as needed after that. Dr. Schiller’s care is unique in that it is provided by him – not a nurse or physician’s assistant and he coordinates with the patient’s local physician.
About Olympia Medical Center: Olympia Medical Center is a physician owned hospital located in the heart of Los Angeles and has been providing medical care to nearby communities since 1948. Services at the 204-bed acute care hospital include comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, diagnostic imaging and award winning 24-hour emergency care. The hospital is dedicated to clinical excellence and delivering health care services in a patient-centered, community focused environment. Services include the California Digestive Diseases Institute, the Los Angeles Center for Spine Care and Research, the Center for Wound Management and Hyperbaric Medicine, the Continent Ostomy Center, the Reflections Outpatient Behavioral Health Program, and the Center for Geriatric Health. Olympia Medical Center is a fully accredited hospital. To learn more about Olympia Medical Center, visit www.olympiamc.com