Sorry G gave you a little bit of wrong info. Like me you will have two ops. The second will be about 3 months later whilst the join from the j pouch to your rectum heals and becomes nice and strong.
3 years after my j pouch I would go to the toilet approx 6 to 8 times in a 24 yr period. Sometimes more depending on what and how much I have eaten.
Tip, dont eat corn, peanuts etc. You wont be able to digest them so it will be like firing bullets when you go.
You may want to check out my blog below, on there are my photos from the 2 surgeries and details about BMs, prep tests, etc...
I too am considering the j-pouch and will have it done at the Cleveland Clinic. Do you live close by? My GI is there and I asked him for a surgeon and he named Jon Vogel as one (who I will met with next) week. I also asked him if thought there was a better place to have it done and he suggested the Clinic.
This is my first posting hope it goes in the right area.
I live 4 hours away from the Cleveland Clinic, but CC is rated #2 for Digestive Disorders in the country so it's worth the drive. I saw Dr. Remzi at CC, but I'm pretty sure all the surgeons are good at CC. Let us know how your consult w/ the surgeon goes.
As for one-step vs. two-step procedures, Dr. Remzi said he would not do it on me b/c I've been on Remicade and have been hospitalized before. That was disappointing b/c I've never been on pred and I don't seem to have UC as bad as others, so I was really hoping for a one-step. Oh well.
Post Edited (tanny) : 8/29/2008 7:29:08 AM (GMT-6)