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Restorative Proctocolectomy for Colitis and Polyposis

Description of Clinical Program
This program serves pediatric patients with ulcerative colitis that does not remain in remission with medical therapy, as well as patients with familial colonic polyposis. The ileoanal pouch operation removes all diseased colon and rectal tissue but preserves the anal sphincter mechanism.

The lower 10 inches of small intestine is constructed into a reservoir and is sutured to the anal tissues so that almost normal elimination and continence can be achieved. A permanent ileostomy on the abdominal wall is avoided. The operation completely cures the ulcerative colitis and greatly reduces the risk of cancer in polyposis patients.

UCLA Medical Center is one of the largest centers in the country doing the procedure and one of the two hospitals pioneering the program during the past 20 years.

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