I was just diagnosed in December and my GI would not confirm exactly what I had until he had done the colonoscopy, endoscopy and got the biopsies back from those 2 procedures. He said my colon and ileum were horribly inflamed and were littered with ulcers, so that combined with the biopsies, he determined it was UC.
I would think they would give you some answers before going the surgery route. My GI said he reserves the surgery route for those who just don't respond to the other options. A last resort kind of thing.
Dx:Moderate-severe UC 12/24/08
Lifelong GI issues including an intesusception at age 4
Current meds: Lialda; Prevacid; Prednisone 12/24-01/05 (40mg) 01/06-present (20mg)
Hoping to never have to resort to rectal meds due to traumatic enemas as a child.
Post Edited (UC in Memphis) : 1/12/2009 9:54:55 PM (GMT-7)