Inflammatory Bowel Disease J-Pouch Program

The Integrated IBD J-Pouch Program brings a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of complications that can develop in patients who have had J-pouch surgery for ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. A gastroenterologist and colorectal surgeon work closely together to develop individualized treatment plans for patients with disorders such as pouchitis, Crohn’s disease of the pouch and irritable pouch syndrome. Ultimately, the goal is to improve quality of life and preserve pouch function for patients.

Highlights of the program include:

  • State-of-the-art diagnostic testing to determine causes of J-pouch dysfunction
  • Coordinated gastroenterology and colorectal surgical care by recognized experts in their fields, including a surgeon who has extensive experience performing complex J-pouch surgery 
  • Individualized treatment plans tailored to patients’ needs and preferences
  • Access to consultations with a Cedars-Sinai Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center registered dietitian

The program team will help explore:

  • Causes of pouch inflammation and other complications
  • Treatment challenges related to antibiotic resistance
  • Novel techniques and treatments for long-term preservation of pouch function
  • Surgical solutions to structural pouch problems