Have a colonoscopy before surgery or not?

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   Posted 3/22/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I recently had a colonoscopy (3/10) and found out that they found pre-cancerous cells.  My GI wants to do a repeat colonoscopy on 4/9 to see if he sees the same and do more biopsies.  If he does, then surgery will be a definite.  Surgery has always been on the back burner as an option because of the extent of my disease.
I am debating on just skipping the colonoscopy and meeting with a surgeon to move forward with surgery.  I have had severe pancolitis for over 6 years now, meds only work for a short time and I always have symptoms. 
Any advice, opinions, suggestions would be great.
Thank you!
UC diagnosed in 2002
Currently taking 400mg Asacol, 9 per day; 100mg of Imuran per day; Remicade every 7 weeks
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   Posted 3/22/2009 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I would think if they found pre cancerous cells then I would definatley have the surgery. But thats my opinion
thanks, Dusti

Diagnosed with colonic inertia at 13 years old, had my colon removed.
Diagnosed with rectal inertia at 16 years old, had my rectum removed and had a jpouch made.
Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.
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   Posted 3/22/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are moving forward with the surgery, you will have to prep for it just like you have to prep for a colonoscopy. If you are serious about having the surgery, I would skip the colonoscopy...... why torture yourself like that twice if you don't have to!
scheduled for permanent ileostomy surgery 2/19 proctocolectomy with permanent ileostomy 2/19
tried asacol, rowasa, remicade, humira
currently on 40 mgs.10 mgs  5mgs. prednisone, 20mgs and tapering every ten days
51 years young

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   Posted 3/23/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
no need for a scope if you are doing surgery!
My GI said i would need a scope the last time i met with him, which was like 3 weeks before surgery and i said, "why, can't they look at it once they take it out?" He just laughed and said, i'm taking that as a no to doing it?

The surgeon said it was dumb to get one right before surgery, it was coming out doesnt mater what it looks like!

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   Posted 3/23/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree, no need for a colonoscopy if you decide on surgery. I'm not much of a risk taker but if cancer was in my future I would have the offending organ removed. I would sleep better at night knowing I didn't have to think about the risk any longer. The other benefit is getting off the dang UC meds. Oh, and did I mention feeling healthy?

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

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   Posted 3/24/2009 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
My thoughts exactly Sue. Healthy is a big plus!
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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