Long-term functional outcome with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis

T. M. Young-Fadok, B. G. Wolff

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The ileal pouch-anal anastomosis has been a surgical option for approximately 15 years. The results of longer term follow-up of subjective patient experiences and physiological investigations are now becoming available. The most important outcomes (ie, stool frequency and continence) generally seem to improve over the first 2 years and particularly in the first 12 months; thereafter, function seems to plateau, but apparently does not deteriorate. Other functional outcome parameters also follow this pattern. In a subset of patients, the results approach, but are not identical to, normal bowel function; however, the vast majority of patients still remain satisfied with their outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-120
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology


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