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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.

Mike O.


At the age of 30 I had a conventional ileostomy performed. I was happy that I was no longer sick, but I just didn't feel like I had much of a life. My main problem was I could not get the appliances to stick. I tried all the different appliances available, worked with ET nurses and even resorted to cosmetic surgery to reduce some of my scars - hoping this would aid the situation.

During this process, someone mentioned the BCIR as a possible alternative. I responded that there weren't any options since I had already had my colon and rectum removed. To my surprise, was I ever so wrong!

After some research, I decided to have the BCIR procedure. 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. Hiking and biking are things I would not have attempted before the BCIR due to my appliance vulnerabilities. I know that there are a lot of people that have had the ileostomy and do fine with activities and do not experience the problems I had. I'm very glad for those individuals, truly I am. For me I'm just glad there was an alternative in the BCIR. My quality of life had changed 10 fold, I enjoy being me and I count each day as a blessing.

Mike O.
Surgery - March 2001