The jpouch surgery involves removing both the colon and rectum. If the rectum is left the disease would remain. A tiny portion of the rectal cuff (1-2cm) is left to connect the pouch to the anus. In my case the rectum was the most diseased portion; my colon was fairly healthy. But both organs had to go.
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