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Our experts are national leaders in colorectal surgery, specializing in delivering advanced treatments for inflammatory bowel disease. As pioneers of single incision laparoscopic surgery, we were among the first programs performing Kock pouch ileostomy using just one incision instead of five. Placing surgical instruments through a single access point helps us perform your procedure with great precision and minimizes complications and recovery time.
If you and your physician decide Kock pouch ileostomy surgery is right for you, here's what to expect:
We give you general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep and not able to feel any sensation during your procedure.
Your surgeons start by making one small incision above your belly button.
We fill your abdomen with carbon dioxide gas, which makes it easier for us to move surgical instruments around and gives us a clear view of the surgical area.
We place thin tubes into your incision to access the area near your intestines.
A video camera and specialized instruments attached to the tubes allow us to carry out your procedure.
Working with the remaining portion of your small intestine, we create an internal pouch (reservoir).
We connect the pouch to an opening in your abdominal wall with the help of a special valve, which prevents the escape of liquid waste and gas from the pouch.
Stool collects in the pouch, remaining in your body until you need to empty it.
After surgery, you drain waste out of the pouch four or five times per day by inserting a catheter (a thin, spaghetti-like tube) into the valve.