Reply to "Permanent Ileostomy to a K-Pouch or BCIR?"

My original surgeon, Dr. David Sung in Santa Monica California passed away.  He did my K-Pouch 45 years ago, and I saw him about 1 year before he died.  He was WONDERFUL! I developed Crohn's after the k-pouch surgery, but i still have been able to keep the pouch, though it leaks, but the Kock pouch still holds over 800cc of drainage so i am happy with it as it is still very manageable.  My problem is, I developed pouchitis and would love to have a back-up surgeon.  I met Dr. Schiller and he seems very competent but it appears he maybe retiring very soon.  He has trained another young surgeon named Dr. P.J. Benyamini at the Olympia hospital in Los Angeles. 

Are there any other recommendations of other Colorectal surgeons that are familiar with the Kock Pouch in the Los Angeles area? I also work for UCLA Medical center and there are GI docs that are familiar but no surgeons.  I do know that there is also a Dr. Kaiser from USC, but that is too far.

Thanks,

Steve

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