Nancy, I am very happy to hear that your husband's suffering with UC is finally over.
I had my surgery on the same day, June 28th, at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philly. Dr. Robert Fry did my surgery. He is head of the colorectal dept at the Univ of Pa Hospital and served his residency at the Cleveland Clinic and that is why I chose him as my surgeon. I am 64 yrs old and suffered with ulcerative proctitis for twelve years. However, he did not remove my anus and I never thought to ask him why he didn't. I did ask him if I could have hemorrhoids and he said "sure because you still have your anus." I thought the anus and rectum were the one and the same, so this sort of caught me off guard.
I have no complaints about the surgery. He could not do it laprascopically. I had a few stitiches that popped open and oozed some mucus but at my office visit he took care of that and they have healed well.
Is your husband going to have the j-pouch or the perm. ileo? My surgeon would not do a j-pouch on me because of my age and my extended use of prednisone. I have been prednisone dependent for the better part of the last two years. I have some discomfort in the rectal area, not pain and just wonder if this is due to the healing process. It comes and goes.
Ulcerative Proctitis since Sept of 1998. Hospitalized for eight days. Prednisone, Asacol, Rowasa enemas. Two year remission. Flare..switched from Asacol to Colazal. Two year remission. Started 6MP in 2002. Flared yearly from 2003 to May of 08. Hospitalized for ten days in May of 08. Flaring more often since. Off 6MP. Remicade failed. Humira failed. Total colectomy with perm. ileo .