I'm in the process of choosing a surgeon to perform my upcoming j-pouch surgery. Many of you have stressed the importance of choosing the right surgeon. But should I just worry myself with finding the right surgeon, or should I be heavily concerned with what hospital I will be admitted to afterwards? I feel like this should play a part in my decision in case complications arise afterwards. The reason I ask is that I've had a surgeon recommended to me by my GI, and the surgeon himself seems great, but I'm not a big fan of the hospital he's associated with. They've misdiagnosed me at their ER before so I don't know if I trust them, although maybe I shouldn't judge a hospital by their ER...
Hope you're all doing well!
Diagnosed with UC in 2007
Flare in 2007 causing anemia requiring blood transfusions, eventually controlled by asacol and 6MP.
Flared again in 2009 as 6MP lost effectiveness, went on TPN and had several blood transfusions. Started Remicade, which induced remission.
Flaring again now as Remicade has lost effectiveness; J-pouch surgery has been recommended to me, seeking a surgeon at this time.