Many people with serious ulcerative colitis end up having their diseased colon removed and the bowel reconnected with a surgical procedure known as ileoanal anastomosis (IPAA) . This surgery creates an internal pouch (from the small intestine) to hold waste before it's eliminated. Pouchitis is an inflammation of the lining of this pouch. This complication occurs in up to half of people who have this operation. They experience symptoms such as abdominal pain, cramps, increased number of bowel movements and a strong feeling of the need to have a bowel movement.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked high performing for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report.