New season of J-Pouch webcasts announced for 2023

Following on from our highly popular J-Pouch webcasts on zoom in 2021/22, we are excited to announce that we will be repeating this in 2023 and we already have some top speakers lined up. An opportunity for J Pouch patients to see and hear from the foremost experts in the field of J-pouch surgery and the challenges of living with a J-pouch. Each talk will be followed by an interactive Q&A so a chance to put your questions to the experts. We will have some familiar and popular speakers from previous years, and also some new faces.

NEW THIS YEAR – we will also be LIVE STREAMING the webcasts on our Facebook Group!

We are delighted to announce that Valerio Celentano – head of the J-pouch one-stop clinic at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital – will be opening this years series on Thursday, 9th March on the subject of “Ileoanal pouch formation and revisional surgery for pouch problems“.

On Tuesday 16th May, you have the opportunity to see Janindra Warusavitarne, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at St. Mark’s Hospital, who will be speaking on Advances in laparoscopic approach to pouch surgery, and we also have lined up Professor Omar Faiz, Clinical Director and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at St Mark’s Hospital, who will be talking about his pioneering research programme into robot technology (date to be confirmed).

Other speakers include Ellie BradshawUsing Biofeedback to help with Pouch emptying problems, Uchu MeadeMedication associated with j pouch and when to use them“ and there will also be a chance to meet the St. Mark’s Hospital Pouch Nurse team for an interactive Q&A.

Registration is required to attend the zoom sessions. To register and to see the details of other upcoming sessions, go to or click on button below.

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Ileoanal pouch formation and revisional surgery for pouch problems

Valerio Celentano – Head of J-Pouch One stop Clinic at Chelsea and Westminster

Mr Valerio Celentano – Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Date/Time: Thursday, 9 March 2023 at 7:30 pm (London time)

Ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (IPAA) after total proctocolectomy (removal of entire large bowel and rectum) is a surgical procedure for ulcerative colitis refractory to medical treatment and majority of patients with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), as an alternative to permanent end ileostomy. Although many patients undergoing pouch surgery have satisfactory functional and long-term outcomes results, the procedure is complex and associated with problems and complications in the short- and long-term. Several complications following pouch surgery can lead to the pouch requiring removal (pouch excision) or permanent diversion (need for ileostomy) and reported rates can be up to 20%. This spectrum of conditions carries the very unfortunate and likely inappropriate name of “pouch failure”. 

Gaining experience in pouch surgery is hard as the procedure is performed infrequently across many hospitals, as reported by the UK Pouch registry, outlining that the average number of pouches performed in English institutions was low and one quarter of the surgeons undertaking this operation had performed only one case over the last five years. The interactive talk will discuss the challenges of ileoanal pouch surgery and some of the surgical complications that can benefit from revisional (redo) pouch surgery. 

An institutional initiative to promote standardisation of multidisciplinary care in IPAA surgery will also be presented.

For a detailed description please refer to :-

Recorded 9 March 2023

Biofeedback and other techniques to help you empty your pouch

Recorded 26 April 2023

Ellie Bradshaw, formerly gastrointestinal specialist nurse and biofeedback specialist at St Mark’s Hospital, now at Princess Grace

Date/Time: Wednesday, 26 April 2023 at 7:30 pm (London time)

Lively and exuberant speaker Ellie Bradshaw will let us into the secrets of biofeedback – a unique method of pouch-emptying. Ellie, who is based at the renowned Princess Grace Hospital in London, says she thrives on helping people manage their bowel and pelvic floor symptoms. Those traditional pelvic floor exercises will never be the same again!

See this publication by Ellie Bradshaw and Brigitte Collins – “Bowel dysfunction: “The comprehensive guide for healthcare professionals.” 

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Advances in laparoscopic approach to pouch surgery

Janindra Warusavitarne, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at St. Mark’s Hospital.

Janindra Warusavitarne, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at St. Mark’s Hospital.

Janindra Warusavitarne, a consultant colorectal surgeon at St Mark’s Hospital, is a pioneer in laparoscopic surgery (sometimes known as keyhole surgery). Janindra, who is a patron of Red Lion Group, will compare the laparoscopic approach with the more traditional  open surgery techniques.

About Mr Janindra Warusavitarne

Mr Janindra Warusavitarne, is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, specialising in intestinal failure, inflammatory bowel disease, Anal fistula, haemorrhoids and colorectal cancer.

He is the lead surgeon for inflammatory bowel diseases at St Mark’s Hospital, London, an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College and conjoint senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales. He is part of the executive team conducting the European Board qualification for colorectal surgery and a visiting scientist to the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. In addition he sits on the education committee of the European Society of Coloproctology.

Janindra is considered a key opinion leader and innovator and has been involved in many new procedures such as video assisted fistula treatment and laser treatment for haemorrhoids and anal fistula.

Mr Warusavitarne relocated from Australia in 2010, when he was offered an appointment at St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow, a national and international referral centre of excellence for intestinal and colorectal disorders.

After completing his surgical training, Janindra undertook full-time research (focusing on the genetics of colorectal cancer) and was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney, Australia. He has extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery and has been innovative in developing minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Date/Time: Tuesday 16 May 2023 at 7:30 pm (London Time)

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St. Mark’s Hospital, Pouch nurses

Zarah Perry-Woodford and Petya Marinova

Date/Time: Wednesday, 24 May 2023 at 7:30 pm (London time).

Presentation and Q&A with St. Mark’s Hospital award winning pouch nurse team. As you may have seen in a recent post, St Mark’s Consultant nurse Zarah Perry-Woodford was named Nurse of the Year in the BJN awards, and the members of Zarah’s team, lead nurse Petya Marinova and pouch/stoma nurse, Rali Marinova won silver in the BJN awards Stoma Nurse of the Year category.

Their talk will cover

  • Pouch Nursing Service – new trends
  • Innovation in Pouch Care and
  • Ongoing support

This will be followed by a Q&A session. You will be invited to ask any questions in the meeting, but if you prefer, or wish to remain anonymous, you can submit questions by email to

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Kapil Sahnan – Consultant Surgeon,  at St. Mark’s Academic Institute.

Kapil Sahnan, Consultant Surgeon at St. Mark’s academic institute.

Kapil Sahnan – Consultant Surgeon,  at St. Mark’s Academic Institute.

Date/Time: Thursday 22 June 2023 at 7:30 pm (London Time)

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Jason Bacon, latest research into robotic surgery

Jason Bacon

Jason Bacon is the CEO of St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation

Date/Time: Wednesday, 11 July 2023 at 7:30 pm (London time)

A team led by Professor Omar Faiz, St Mark’s Hospital’s clinical director, has been pioneering a research programme into robot technology, financially backed by a St Mark’s Hospital Foundation fundraising campaign. In this talk, Jason Bacon (CEO of St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation) will give an update on this fascinating project.

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Uchu Meade, Head of Pharmacy at St. Mark’s Hospital

Uchu Meade is Head of Pharmacy at St. Mark’s Hospital

Date/Time: Thursday, 10 August 2023 at 7:30 pm (London time)

In her August webinar, Uchu Meade will be discussing the best recommended medications for pouch patients and the latest pouch related developments in pharmacy.

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Details of further Red Lion Group webcasts for 2023 will be added in due course.

Gary Bronziet