Mike, I'm sure the plan will be for a general anesthetic. This is a pretty big procedure, and I can't imagine they'd try it under a local. As far as the cath, discuss your fears about
this with the surgeon. Generally this is done to prevent contaminating the area of the surgery and decrease the chance of postoperative infection, but perhaps there is a way around it. Check with the surgeon.
Consider taking a list of questions and concerns with you to the appointment, because it's easy to forget what you want to discuss during the stress ofthat consultation. If you haven't already, I suggest you visit the ostomy board at this site as well as the on-line j-pouch information site
(http://www.j-pouch.org/Whatis.html) to educate yourself about
the various choices.
I'm sorry you've had such a rough course with this DD, but I admire your determination to get back to a normal life. Good luck, and let us know how your visit goes!
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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