J-pouch surgery is for people with ulcerative colitis and some types of bowel cancer. It's not usually used for people with colonic inertia or Crohn's disease. The surgery consists of removing both the colon and the rectum, pulling down about 9-12 inches of small intestine, creating a pouch, and then connecting that to the rectal cuff (about 1-2cm or remaining rectal tissue). The completed jpouch, after a period of adaption, functions as a rectum.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free