About Your Abdominal Perineal Resection (APR) Surgery (72 pages) – This is an amazing guide for patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC who will be having APR surgery. It provides detailed and very helpful tips for pre- and post-surgery.
About Your Low Anterior Resection (LAR) Surgery (55 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.
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.