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Ileoanal / Ileorectal Anastomosis

The Ileoanal or Ileorectal Anastomosis surgery, also called IPAA, is commonly performed to cure Ulcerative Colitis or for people with Crohn's Disease who require removal of the large intestine. The surgeon removes the Colon and any diseased portion of the rectum then connects the ileum to the anus, leaving the muscles of the rectum in place so that somewhat normal bowel movements can be had. A Pouch is formed at the end of the ileum to serve as a reservoir for stool.

This "Pouch" can sometimes become infected, and is referred to as Pouchitis.

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