The Kangaroo Club was set up in 1991. It is run entirely by volunteers, although we are extremely lucky to have close links with and support from the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Bruce George, Colorectal Surgeon is our President and we receive a great deal of support from the entire Colorectal Nursing team, as well as other medical staff.

The aim of the club is to help support anyone following or considering ileo-anal pouch surgery or Koch pouch surgery and their families. Ileo-anal pouch surgery involves the removal of the colon and rectum and the replacement of the rectum with a reservoir made out of small intestine.

Koch Pouches (an alternative to an end ileostomy) are formed by creating a reservoir behind the stoma whereby the patient does not wear a bag, but catheterizes the stoma every 3 or 4 hours. This is a major, technical operation often requiring repeat surgery.

The club aims to facilitate easy information exchange between club members because, as we all know, knowledge is power! As pouch owners we know best both the positives and negatives of living with a pouch and the tips and tricks that make our pouches as well behaved as possible.

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Please Note:

The Kangaroo Club is a charity, run by volunteers, with advice from the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Stoma/Colorectal Department).

The content of the website and the private Facebook group is intended to be helpful to people with internal ileo-anal and Koch pouches and those who are considering such surgery. They are not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical examination. We do not promote or recommend any treatment or course of action.

Always seek the advice of your consultant, GP, or other qualified health professional when considering any new treatment or surgery. Please contact your local stoma/pouch nurse with any specific medical questions, in the first instance. Medical information changes rapidly. Every effort is made to ensure that all information on this website is as accurate and comprehensive as possible – but neither the Kangaroo Club nor its members can be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

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