Post Edited (BuzyBum) : 10/21/2008 7:26:39 PM (GMT-6)
I have Crohn's and I had an emergency surgery 4 years ago which removed my entire colon when I was 32 years old. I strongly recommend that if you are going to go into surgery that it's done you are as healthy as possible because your recovery time is much shorter. Since I was in extremely poor condition I was not a candidate for laporscopic surgery and my incessions for an open procedure are much bigger, more painful, and have left larger scars.
BUT I am so happy now...yes it took time to learn to live with a bag and I have had my ups and downs. I am in surgical remission and I am off all drugs. Now I work at the hospital and for my doctors. I have spoken to many patients who are also considering surgery. Please let me know if you have any questions about living with a bag. I will log in tomorrow at work because I have some links on my work computer that may be useful to you. I am actually working on a website for our hospital just for IBD patients so I have been doing a lot of research!