I agree, the urgency was the worst part of UC. That's what scared me the most about
having surgery to begin with, I didn't want to end up having the same problems after going through 2 major surgeries. I'm happy to say that I have not had ANY urgency since my reversal. I am on the VERY high end of the lucky scale. The first week after my reversal I was in the hospital throwing up pretty much every day. Then magically, on the 9th day I was completely better. I go to the bathroom 2 times a day because I feel like I need to, and some days a couple more times just because I'm in the bathroom. Sometimes I do poop a little when I go to pee, but my surgeon said that may go away with time, it's just that many of the same muscles are involved and I'm not used to controlling them yet.
I know that I have to go because I get an uncomfortable bloated feeling. I still have quite a bit of gas roaming around my intestine and that can make me feel like I need to go, sometimes I will just to release some pressure in there.
All in all, it's the best decision I've ever made in my life. I don't have a single negative word to say about
this surgery, but like I said, I've been very very lucky.
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
1st j-pouch surgery done on July 30, 2008