Thanks, Tammy. I still have about
a month and a half before my surgery. Yes, I am a candidate for laparoscopic surgery, and it'll be done it two steps. I think the number of steps is determined by what medications you've been on, how many times you've been hospitalized, how sick you are, etc. Dr. Remzi said he very rarely does one-step procedures, and I think that is common for all of the CC surgeons since one-step is more risky (I read that on jpouch.org); it seems as if most people get two-steps done anyway. Let us know how your appointment goes.
My surgeon had told me that he would do a scope before surgery, but I would much rather know I most likely have UC and not Crohn's before going to the OR, so I'm going to have my GI do one before surgery.