Surgeons are the experts in determining the amount of steps for surgery. Patient health and drug history as well as the patient's physiology are all taken in consideration. There are lots of patients who have had succesful 1 and 2 steps and complications and risk from this complex procedure should never be taken lightly. Even with the best surgeon at hand, problems can arise during surgery or post op. Glad to hear you are home and doing well.
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