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Long-term outlooks for patients who have had J-pouch surgery and reconnection

J-pouch surgery, as a final effort to mitigate UC symptoms, can be life-changing. However, it seems that little information is available describing the long-term outlook for patients who have had the procedure. With an increase in IBD diagnoses in children, it is safe to assume that rates of J-pouch surgeries in children will also increase. A longitudinal study following J-pouch patients for several years following their surgeries should be conducted to highlight any common complications or symptoms that appear over the course of time. This research would be especially significant for better advising younger patients and their caregivers.

Procedures And Testing
last activity over 3 years ago
3    1

Please resesrch chronic pouchitis in patients who have had total colectomies w/placement of ileal/ anal pouch.

Many of us pouchitis patients are still suffering post-op and had no idea this could happen to us.I have been suffering for 15 yrs.Thank You for your effort.Maybe a Dr. could speak on this also

Procedures And Testing
last activity over 3 years ago
4    1

Is peppermint oil effective in prevention and treatment of pouchitis?

Peppermint oil has been used to treat GI conditions including IBS. Peppermint oil has many mechanisms of action which may make it effective in treating pouchitis. Peppermint oil is an antispasmodic, it is antibacterial, and anti inflammatory. Peppermint oil, delivered directly to the pouch, via a pH dependent delivery system may be effective in the management of pouchitis.

Alternative Therapies
last activity almost 2 years ago
1    1

How impactful is the financial burden of medication cost on medication adherence? What are the long term repercussions for patients who opt out of medication therapies?

The patient cost of commonly prescribed medications for the treatment of IBD often falls into Tier VI drug categories with higher out of pocket costs than standard co-pays. This expense may influence patients to opt out of proven therapies due to the nature of the expense leaving them vulnerable to increased flare rates and more frequent hospitalizations that ultimately cost more. Improving medication adherence on the front end could lead to an overall cost savings for patients and insurers alike.

Medications
last activity about 4 years ago
3    1

What are the pros and cons of the different biologic medication options and how do they compare to one another? Is there a specific order that these should be tried?

With an increasing number of patients taking biologic medications (remicade, humira, entyvio), we need to know how these compare both in remission rates and side effects

Medications
last activity over 4 years ago
2    1

What is the medical, social, lifestyle impact of having a complete colectomy for those with UC?

There is not much data on the outcome of patients who've had a complete colectomy. While the surgery improved my quality of life, I am unsure of what happens as I age, etc.

Lifestyle
last activity over 3 years ago
2    1

We should research how pregnancy causes/impacts UC and Crohn's.

to help women make more informed decisions regarding pregnancy

Women's Health
last activity about 3 years ago
3    1

Which herbal remedies have been used to effectively treat IBD?

I have had amazing success in treating my UC with an herbal formula (called Isatis Cooling) for about 15 years and wish that other people knew of this option. I understand that many other people have had similar success, however the medical community generally does not make patients aware of such options (even as a last resort prior to surgery or medications with known severe adverse side effects). It seems that their reasoning is that they are not aware of these options, or if they have heard of them (and their anecdotal effectiveness) they still do not even mention them to others because there is no "scientific evidence" to support their effectiveness or safety. I feel this is a disservice to patients. Doctors should be aware of the range of available options and help to spread this information (even with caveats about the lack of study), as mine thankfully did. In the best case, studies should be done on the effectiveness and safety of herbal remedies.

Alternative Therapies
last activity over 4 years ago
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