I agree with Bay Area Guy. I live in south Jersey but wouldn't even consider going to a hospital in my area for major surgery. I know at least three people, one who lost his life after hip replacement surgery, two others who came extremely close to death, but for the fact they were transported to University of Pa. Hospital in Philadelphia escaped with their lives after the doctors in the south Jersey hospitals gave up on them.
My GI is here in south Jersey. He treated my UC for twelve years. When all treatments failed, he still refused to send me to a colorectal surgeon. His advise was to send me over to the Univ of Pa Hospital AGAIN to see a "world reknown" GI specialist. It would be my second visit over to see this guy and he didn't offer me any new options in the first place. All failed, 6MP for eight years, Remicade and Humira. I had become prednisone dependent and decided...enough already. So, I took matters into my own hands and looked online for colorectal surgeons in Philly. It was a toss-up between Dr. Rambou and Dr. Fry. Rambou was deleted because he left Univ of Pa Hospital and went to Temple. My husband worked at Temple for 34 yrs and it is in a very bad area. Plus the fact the nurses were on strike at the time I was interested in the surgery. Dr. Fry had served his residency at the Cleveland Clinic, is head of colorectal surgery at Univ. of Pa Hospital in Philly and had years of experience. I had no trouble obtaining an appointment. He would not do a jpouch on me...two factors...my age (63) and the fact I had been on prednisone for at least two years. He said the stress of the surgery would be too much for me. I told him I had no problem with wearing a "bag". I had the surgery on June 28th. While no walk in the park, I did have some minor complications and I still have some "issues". I am waaaay better than before my operation. The only medicine I take is 25 mgm of Toprol for my blood pressure. Before surgery, I took 17 - 25 pills a day plus those rectal meds, as my problem was proctitis.
So sorry I got carried away there..lol. Good luck and God bless.