- Patient Testimonials
We are always happy to share stories from our patients. Hopefully, they will help you gain more insight regarding how life might be with a Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir (BCIR). In addition, once you have surgery, we are committed to a smooth transition back home - you may find our "Patient Tips" helpful.
Our Patient Testimonials include stories and photos from actual patients. Please click the "Read More" links for each patient to read their full stories and see more pictures. However, since we cannot assure you that your outcome will match the portrayals of these patients - we suggest you visit the Clinical Studies page where you will see data that reflects our outcomes that have been published in medical journals. The stories of our patients are not intended to replace the services of a trained health professional or to be a substitute for medical advice of physicians.
If you'd like to receive more information or a list of past patients with a BCIR, please email Susan Kay, R.N or call her at 1-800-336-0789. Don't forget to ask her to send you a CD about the BCIR procedure.
Some of our patients have shared their success stories with us. Hopefully, they will help you gain more insight regarding how life might be with a Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir.
Please click on the image or the "Read More" link for each patient to read their full stories and see more pictures of their lives after the BCIR surgery.
"For me, this has been the best decision I have ever made. I live in Colorado and I now enjoy hiking, biking and just playing with my son... My quality of life had changed 10 fold, I enjoy being me and I count each day as a blessing." Read More
"The BCIR has given me more freedom than I have ever known... We have enjoyed a wonderful spring of planting and playing on the swings, a summer of swimming in the pool, basketball with dad in the driveway, biking, roller-skating and walking the dog all around the neighborhood! I would do this again in a minute!" Read More
"I am so involved again! Rather than watching ball games from the Port-A-John, a year after surgery, I coached my son's little league team... I never enter the field without first thinking of Susan Kay, Dr. Pollack, and all of the nurses and staff who encouraged me... These are the ones who put me back in the game." Read More
"Upon my discharge from Palms, I returned to my life a new man. No longer did I have to worry about all of the uncomfortable and embarrassing things wearing an appliance creates... Suffice it to say, my BCIR has greatly improved my quality of life!" Read More
"I am so thankful to Palms of Pasadena and Dr. Rehnke for giving me my life. No matter what happens down the road, I know I will never regret having this surgery... I promise if you have this surgery you will never regret it. Read More
"Since my recovery, I am a new person with a new life. I still eat everything I want, come and go when I please, never worry about accidents or the need to rush to a bathroom... The BCIR has all the benefits of the ileostomy without most of the restrictions!" Read More
"I am a mother of twins and I want everyone to know that having a baby with a BCIR can be a wonderful experience. My quality of my life improved greatly after having BCIR surgery, but now that I've created, carried and cared for two babies, my quality of life has reached a new high I never imagined possible." Read More
"It's been a year now since my BCIR surgery and I can say without hesitation, I love my life! I have been skiing in Vail, zip lined in the rainforest of St. Lucia, parasailing in Hawaii, and work 50+ hours a week!" Read More
"After my surgery, I had some complications and a protracted hospitalization but now I have a BCIR. Other than a new way to use the bathroom, gas in the morning, and some foods I don't eat, you would not know I had this surgery unless I told you. Would I do it again? IN A HEARTBEAT! I BEAT COLLITIS, IT DIDN'T BEAT ME!!!!!" Read More
"I had 'died' with my ileostomy; I was reborn with the BCIR! (...) All those things I had given up - movies, theater, car shows, crawling around under cars, major home improvement projects, away from a bathroom for hours, were now, once again, possible." Read More
"I'm an avid scuba diver... the BCIR doesn't leak at all, not even under extreme pressure at 120 feet... Almost nobody knows that I am not 'normal' because I am so active... I returned to my job of 22+ years full time after another month at home and haven't looked back since." Read More
"Having the BCIR surgery was the best decision I ever made! (...) I owe my new life to Dr. Rehnke." Read More
"I ride my bike and do everything that I want to do now. There was none of that with the ileostomy. Life is so good since the BCIR." Read More
"The BCIR has allowed me to participate in volunteer activities with my children such as baseball, school activities and music trips... The Brooke ileostomy allowed me to live but the BCIR gave me LIFE." Read More
"Now I really know what it is to have my quality of life increased ten fold. For the first time, at the age of 50, I became an active adult. No longer am I a cheerleader on the sidelines." Read More
"The BCIR has given me great freedom and I count my blessings daily. It has allowed me to do the things I enjoy the most which is cherish my family and friends, be active and laugh often." Read More