I am hoping someone can suggest a good doctor in Philly for a 2nd opinion as well as a good surgeon. I am torn between Temple and Jefferson.
I have had Crohn's for 10 years and it is to the point I am in the worst pain on a daily basis and can barely function. I am going to my regular GI doctor at Cooper on Friday and I am 99% certain he is going to suggest a resection.
I have been on preds, remicaide, humira, and the latest cimzia with no luck and now have medicine induced lupus from the cimiza. I was in the hospital last February with a severe flare and there is now thickening of the intestine walls from the scar tissue. When I was in the hospital, my doctor suggested the Cimzia as a last attempt to get this under control before we explore the idea of surgrey. Since that did not work, surgery is going to be the next option.
I am torn on what to do. I really do not want the surgery, but who ever does?? I just started a new job and I am getting married in June so I feel like the timing is really bad, but then again, when it is ever a good time to get surgery!?
Can anyone who has had a resection give me an idea of what it was like? Was it laperscopic? How long was your recovery? Did you have any complications? Is your Crohn's better now compared to before surgery? Are you glad you had it done?
(Sorry, I am scared and don't know what to do!!)
I have had a bad experience with Virtua and Cooper so I am hoping someone can suggest a different practice and surgeon for another opinion.