Posted 2/6/2016 4:08 PM (GMT -7)
Hey HealthFreak, I see that it's been a while since you last posted - I hope you are doing better now. Others have answered, but from speaking with my surgeon, they of course would love for you to be on the lowest dose of steroids possible, but many many many people go through surgery on some amount of steroids, because the steroids were put there in the first place to try to help them out. The CRC surgeons are very experienced with this and take it into account, and you'll be given a "stress dose" during the surgery. Generally if you are going for jpouch surgery and are on steroids, they'll likely do your operation in 3 steps, and the first step will just be removing your colon so that you'll feel much better. Like other's have mentioned, depending on how long you've been on steroids, they can do a somewhat sped up taper after, since you no longer will have disease that bounces back as your dosage decreases.
Also from speaking with my doctor, they would rather operate on your when you are not flaring heavily, even with some steroids. The healthier you are going into surgery, the easier it will be for you in terms of recovery and any complication risk!