ByeByeUC: Thank you. Still a little scared getting a j-pouch after reading some of the horror stories on here haha
I understand but try not to let that scare you. The successes far outweigh the failures. I was scared to death at the time as well.....kind of hard not to be. My sister and my uncle both have long time j pouches and they have done very well over the years too. I just spent 3 weeks in Europe with my sister (She lives in France). On this trip I learned that my husband (who has a healthy colon) uses the bathroom to poop more than my sister and I together who are colonless. It seemed that way anyway....maybe he just takes longer!
Marianne- age 48
DX Pancolitis in 2005. Family history of UC. Symptoms started shortly after I quit smoking
Tried every drug-even Remicade & Cyclosporine-Tried diets-nothing worked.
Step 1: J-pouch surgery (Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy w/ temporary diverting loop ileostomy) 6-25-10
Step 2: Take down surgery (Ileostomy reversal) 10/8/10
No more UC and no more drugs! Very happy j-poucher