I was 63 yrs old when I had the surgery (64 now) on June 28th. NO ONE was more scared than I to have surgery. Suebear can attest to that...lol. I was actually making excuses as to why I shouldn't have the surgery. However, suffering with UC for the last twelve years, the last two being prednisone dependent, I figured I wouldn't last much longer. Prednisone threw me into type II diabetes and I was on three blood pressure meds along with a LOT of other meds for the UC, not to mention the rectal ones too..ugh. My daughter and husband both convinced me to have the surgery. I sought out my colorectal surgeon online because my GI doctor said he didn't "know of" a good colorectal surgeon...a bunch of BS, but it was the best decision I could have made.
I had a few hurdles to get over but I have my life back! I have a permanent ileo but it isn't bad at all.
Make sure you have a good colorectal surgeon who has plenty of experience and you will be just fine. I won't tell you not to worry because it is only natural, we all worry...but keep the faith girl!!!
Oh...by the way...I take NO meds at all now...not one pill!! My blood pressure is normal and so is my blood glucose. Isn't that great? That in itself is worth the surgery.