Only your dr can decide how many steps it is. I'm glad you're being open with people about it!! That really helps.
I was just reading your question about whether blueglass's problem could happen to you, and no, it couldn't, because she has a permanent ileo and had her rectum sewn closed but it never fully closed. That's what's wrong. You aren't having your rectum sewn closed because you're going to use it again! Even if you did have a permanent ileo, that problem is super rare. That's why she's had such trouble fixing it.
Stephanie, 29 years old
March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)
Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)