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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. 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.

Dawn K.


I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 1982, I was 11 years old, and I was put on all kinds of drugs to see if they would help. I ended up on high doses of Prednisone for a long time. When I was 27, I decided that 16 years was enough and looked into surgery. I found the BCIR and wouldn't settle for less. From the first person that I talked to on the phone, to the nurse that walked me out the door leaving the hospital, they were all very personable and professional. I never met a more wonderful bunch of people in my whole life.

The BCIR has given me more freedom than I have ever known. I was always sick! My four year old was so used to mommy being sick on the couch or in the bathroom all the time. She hardly ever had her mom to play with. Since my BCIR surgery I have done so much with her. 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! We had a wonderful fall and holiday season. All without worry of where the nearest bathroom was!! We all are looking forward to playing in the snow and building snowmen and making snow angels this winter! All because of the BCIR! I have no restrictions and have just started working out with the Tae Bo tapes!! What a workout! I would do this again in a minute!

Dawn K.
Surgery - February 1999