As many before me have said, it's a personal choice. It's also a decision I fight with every flare. My thoughts, right now, are that I would try Remi before surgery. However, I would need a well defined treatment plan - how many doses do I try if it doesn't work right away... If things would get so bad, so fast that meds weren't an option, I wouldn't hesitate for surgery - which kind, I'm not sure yet...
A consultation with a colorectal surgeon would be the next step if you are considering surgery.
Good luck with whatever choice you make!
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Asacol 12 per day, Azathioprine 75mg, Aciphex, Effexor XR, Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use. Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
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