Well it has been a very tough decision and I have thought about it lots,but here are my main reasons for deciding against the J-pouch.
1, Although I know everyone is different,I don't want the first year after my op running to the bathroom up to 12 times aday.(worst case) That would be too much like having UC back again.
2, Even if the J- pouch worked well for me I would still have a good chance of developing Pouchitis from time to time which would mean having to take Antibiotics. I know that might seem like a small price to pay for some,but again I have had enough of Medications and the side affects that come along with them,so If I can avoid them then all the better for me.
3, My main reason is that at the moment I have what I would say is as perfect a stoma as you can get. I have only ever had one leak from the bag, In nearly 2 years I have eaten pretty much anything I have wanted (although I am especialy careful with nuts)and so far I have never had a blockage. If I opted for the J-pouch and then it had to be removed,then Obviously I would have to lose a certain amount of small bowel. not only could this mean that I might not beable to absorb B-vitamins properly any more because absorbsion of these is mainly in the Ileum.,but there is no guarentee that I will get a stoma as good as the one that I have now.
We all have to decide what is best for each of us.(unfortunatly no one else can do it for us lol) But for me my motto in this instance is "If it aint broke don't fix it"
All the best for Monday.