Monday , 24 September 2018
PROS AND CONS of the BCIR Procedure

PROS AND CONS of the BCIR Procedure

I thought it would be fun to create a Pros and Cons for the BCIR surgery based on my own experiences.

PROS:

•    I gained and maintained weight!
•    Quality of life is at the highest it could ever be!
•    Full nights of sleep!
•    Depression is gone, except when I lose money at video lottery.
•    I can eat anything whenever I want.  Nothing irritates my belly.
•    I feel normal again.
•    No external bag
•    I poop when I want, not because I can’t hold it!
•    There is nothing I can’t do because of the surgery.
•    I got my life back!
•    No chance of colon cancer!  It ain’t there any more.
•    No more bloody stools from colitis.
•    No more cramps from colitis.

CONS:

•    You have to carry around a catheter for the rest of  your life.  Big deal.
•    You will have a huge scar down your belly.  Makes you look tough.
•    No more audible stinkers.  Can’t compete with grandpa any more.
•    Your colon is gone forever.  Not even a photo album.
•    Pouchitis.  It’s like eating some bad oysters, hurts for a few days then it’s gone.
•    There are risks that it will not work, but it’s rare.
•    You’ll have to find an understanding partner.  Wait, you poop through a tube?
•    Your bu**hole has been moved to you abdomen below the waistline.  No one knows except you!
•    Embarrassing sounds, extra stinky poos.  Could be a PRO
•    Adhesions, occasional blockages, complications.  Life is a risk.

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I thought it would be fun to create a Pros and Cons for the BCIR surgery based on my own experiences. PROS: •    I gained and maintained weight! •    Quality of life is at the highest it could ever be! •    Full nights of sleep! •    Depression is gone, except when I lose money at video lottery. •    I can eat anything whenever I want.  Nothing irritates my belly. •    I feel normal again. •    No external bag •    I poop when I want, not because I can't hold it! •    There is nothing I can’t do because of the…

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About Jay

Jay is the author of the the BCIR Advocate blog and the book, "Colitis Be Gone." In 1998, I decided to have the BCIR (Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir) surgery due to severe colitis. My day job is working in media and marketing, so I felt I had the tools to bring some exposure to BCIR and how it might help others. I actually get many emails about the BCIR, so I felt the blog could work as a better message board. Please note, I am not a doctor and have no medical background. Anything you read on this blog is based on my own experiences living with the BCIR. I may give advice based on my own experiences, but please consult your doctor before acting on anything you read on this site.