Restorative proctocolectomy with ileoanal anastomosis, complemented by a pouch formed with the last foot of terminal ileum, is the procedure of choice for patients in need of surgical treatment for ulcerative colitis and familial polyposis. The procedure has undergone many technical modifications that have ensured a very high degree of continence and an acceptable number of daily bowel movements. Herein we describe the operative technique we use in the majority of our patients, a restorative proctocolectomy with hand-sewn J-pouch ileoanal anastomosis with protecting ileostomy. We also comment on the immediate postoperative care and on the long-term functional results.
Michelassi F, Hurst R. Restorative Proctocolectomy With J-Pouch Ileoanal Anastomosis. Arch Surg. 2000;135(3):347–353. doi:10.1001/archsurg.135.3.347