My son (soon to be 16) was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2010. After 2 years of taking various meds (which did not work), he had a total colectomy (Aug 1, 2012). It was the first out of 3 surgeries (next will be the creation of the j-pouch). For now, he has an ileostomy.

Once he has his j-pouch (no more ostomy)... will my son be able to resume sports? Up until his surgery, he participated heavily in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling. Will he ever be able to go back to doing what he loves?

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I had the surgery in 1984. I was 17. I am able to do everything. There are no restrictions for me, nor has the pouch prevented me from participating in sports.

The only thing I was shy about was going shirtless due the the long scar from bottom breast to bottom stomach.

So, no worries. He should be able to continue to participate in sports.


At healing, there is a tae kwon do black belt who occasionally posts in the ulcerative colitis forum. He took a break from sparring while he had the temp ileo. He is back to sparring now. I don't remember his name but he didn't seem to think twice about it. Sorry I do not know more.
I don't check in often, but just noticed your post.

I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I was too sick for awhile to practice, but after about 1 1/2 years after takedown I started back up again. I have no restrictions and participate just like everyone else. Unless I tell someone, they have no idea that I had such major abdominal surgeries.

Good luck to him!
Thank you so much Karbear and Epic Scotsman for your replies. BJJ is the only sport that my son ever found a passion for. I think he would really be devastated if he could never participate again. I will certainly let him know.

Hi Nikos mom,
My daughter, who is just 17 has had her surgery for over a year now. I remember her surgeon saying she can do what ever she wants no restrictions. He even had a boy with a temp illo, play basketball and waited for his takedown until after the season was over. I know thats a little different then you son activity, but she is doing great. Out living her life like a normal teenager. good luck to you and your son.
I am not sure exactly what the concern is that underlies this thread. Football players and hockey players have had their spleens ruptured during games. I would think a ruptured spleen could happen with any contact sport and I am not sure why that would be less of a concern than an injury to a J Pouch. This is not to mention injuries to other parts of the body which could occur and necessitate surgery like ACL tears in the knees, rotator cuff tears in the shoulder, etc. Regarding girls playing basketball, they tear their ACLs in their knees all the time. It is a common injury in girl's and women's basketball due to the different configuration of a woman's body than a man's and resultant stresses placed on the body and the knees. As a huge fan of the UConn women's basketball team I have seen many of their star players suffer this injury. I believe former UConn All American Shea Ralph had 5 ACL tears in her knee, one of them sustained playing with her dog. These injuries all required surgical repair, and ended her basketball career. Shea is now an assistant coach at UConn.

Someone recently posted a thread about his J Pouch having perforated, apparently for no reason at all or from turning the wrong way. I would think that once the pouchogram has been passed this is a rare event, but the poster of that thread said he had a J Pouch for 8 years.
I rolled for the first time in BJJ and I have a BCIR with a stoma. I was good, just had soreness on my hips but I think that is from another surgery so the guard was painful but I think that will pass. Other than that I Olympic weightlift, crossfit and do Muay Thai.

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