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 Radcliffe Hospitals, NHS 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 now being 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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