Surgery for UC involves removing the entire colon and rectum. The reason for this is that the illness affects both organs. Resections should never be considered. about 1-2cm of the rectal cuff is left for continence and about 9-12 inches of the small intestine are pulled down and turned into the j-pouch. The new j-pouch is attached to the rectal cuff and replaces the rectum, not the colon but after about 10 years with a j-pouch the cells of the pouch resemble the cells of a colon. This is probably a bit more information then you wanted but I found it fascinating. If a temporary ileostomy is needed it goes on the right side and an ET nurse determines the location prior to surgery.
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