I cannot imagine that a CC surgeon would not remove a rectum in a patient with UC unless your husband is having his surgery in 3 steps. A regular 1 or 2 step surgery would remove the rectum. A UC patient having a colectomy with a rectum left intact will continue to have UC. Could you maybe have misunderstood? All UC patients will have a rectal cuff left (about 1-2 CM of rectal tissue) but the majority of the organ is removed.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free