About Your Low Anterior Resection (LAR) Surgery (47 pages) – Another great guide from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This one’s for patients who’ll be having LAR surgery. Again, it provides detailed and very helpful tips for pre- and post-surgery.

Ileal Pouch Owner’s Manual  (9 pages) – A guide for patients published by the Dept. of Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, explaining everything you need to know about Ileal Pouch Reconstruction (AKA J-Pouch and S-Pouch).

Pain and Discomfort following Stoma Surgery (12 pages) – Published by the Colostomy Association in the UK. A good overview of coping strategies and medical treatments for different types of pain following stoma surgery. It covers surgeries where the rectum is left intact and those where the rectum is removed.

Pre-Op Education for Colorectal Surgery (39 pages) – This is a comprehensive guide published by the Center for Advanced Digestive Care all about what to expect pre- and post-surgery. It was prepared for patients of New York-Presbyterian hospitals, but contains a great deal of information that would be applicable to anyone facing colorectal surgery.

Questions to ask your Colorectal Surgeon & Ostomy Nurse (2 pages) – A great little guide to questions you or your loved ones might want to ask about what to expect about life after ostomy surgery. Published by the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA).

Rectal Discharge following Stoma Surgery (12 pages) – Another informative guide for post-surgical ostomates, this booklet from Colostomy UK explains the reasons for and management of  rectal discharge.

Surgical Options for Bowel Diversion (2 pages) – A short but informative guide from the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA). It explains the procedures as well as the pros and cons of common bowel diversion surgeries.

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