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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.

Tom D.


Like many people who are burdened with ulcerative colitis, I went through my twenties knowing that I suffered from what I called "abnormal frequencies of intestinal discharge," and that there better be a toilet right behind me when the urge occurred. Finally, when I was twenty-eight, I ultimately had to have a total proctocolectomy and ileostomy. Having spent my life trying to maintain a good physique, I almost fainted when I awoke and saw my new stoma. I never got used to using the various appliances necessary to maintain my ileostomy and wanted an alternative.

In 1992, I decided to proceed with the procedure to have a BCIR and have been extremely happy that I did. 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. The BCIR restored my relations with women by not requiring a need to offer any explanations during intimacy.

As mentioned, I was physically fit and that included bicycle racing and triathlons. Since these sports require tight-fitting clothing or being in the water, appliances were difficult to hide, or keep attached, but the BCIR eliminated any of those problems. In addition to the cosmetic aspect, I never wake up with a mess because an appliance had come loose. My occupation required the potential use of physical force and the BCIR eliminated any concerns that an appliance presented. I don't have to worry about what activities I can take part in due to limitations created with an appliance. Suffice it to say, my BCIR has greatly improved my quality of life!

Tom D.
Surgery - 1992