I've talked to surgeons and GIs, and all of them have said there won't be a cure for many many years. I was told by a Cleveland Clinic GI that Humira being approved will take another few years, and stem cell, if it works, will take even longer to hit the markets. (Sorry to burst anyone's bubbles).
Silent Lucidity, it wouldn't hurt to get a surgical consult. Even if you don't decide to have surgery soon, at least you have met w/ a surgeon and can establish a relationship that will be helpful when you do need surgery. It is best to have surgery during remission since you'll be at your healthiest. And there have been people who have had surgery w/o even trying immunosuppressants and biologics b/c of the potential side effects/risks.
Personally, I'm having surgery next month since Remicade is not working and I know I cannot live "normally" while in a flare. I'm ready to move on.
Female, Age 19, Dx w/ UC August 2007
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (3rd infusion 07/08), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day
*surgery tentatively scheduled for September