Complications of the Ileal Pouch

  • Daniel L. Feingold
  • P. Ravi KiranEmail author


In patients with ulcerative colitis or familial adenomatous polyposis, ileal pouch surgery is the preferred method for restoring continuity after total proctocolectomy. Pouch-related complications can impact quality of life, require multiple repeat interventions, and risk pouch failure. Modifying patients’ risk factors and considering the range of pouch-specific complications before, during, and after pouch surgery can potentially reduce the risk of these adverse events and improve overall outcomes.


Ileal pouch-anal anastomosis Pouch complications Pouch-vaginal fistula Redo pouch surgery Pouch salvage Pouch failure Continent ileostomy 

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© ASCRS (American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Colorectal SurgeryColumbia University Medical Center and Mailman School of Public HealthNew YorkUSA

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