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.
I had a Brooke ileostomy in 1995 at age 42. I had never been sick a day in my life and then bam, I spent the summer in and out of the hospital where they diagnosed me with Ulcerative Colitis. Three months later I had the Brooke. I was so ill-prepared and hated every moment of life with the Brooke. As soon as I learned about the BCIR, I knew it was right for me. In 1997, I had the BCIR and I now have a whole new life and love every bit of it. Dr. Rehnke is a great surgeon and doctor. All the Palms BCIR staff is absolutely the best.
I love to fish (by the way that is a 10-pound mutton snapper in the picture) and snorkel for lobster every year. 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. I cannot imagine life without it. I have met so many great people through this surgery also.