How long does surgery/recovery take?

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   Posted 1/29/2009 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
For the j-pouch type surgery? Isn't it in 2 separate surgeries? I'm trying to figure out how much time I'd need to take off of work. I'd have it right now if I had the time but I don't have much leave or sick leave built up. I've had it for the last 3 1/2 to 4 years and it's become clear to me that there really aren't any decent medications to control it and there probably won't be anytime soon. I talked to a surgeon for a bit and he said about 1/3 do good, 1/3 do OK, and 1/3 do bad with surgery, is that accurate? What does bad entail after a surgery?

I've been off prednisone for about a week after being on it 5 months and my colitis is starting to go bad again so I'm going back to 10mg. I need to start taking Humira again so hopefully I can get off the prednisone. I suggested this to my doctor last time but they never seem to listen and now it's going bad like I knew it would. Having to deal with this after starting a new job and trying to finish an academy that would otherwise be a breeze makes everything a major drag. I think I've had enough of my 20's destroyed from this, it can't be that bad after surgery right?

Post Edited (qazwsx12) : 1/29/2009 5:19:47 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/29/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Statistics on surgery rate it anywhere from 90-97% success so that's a bit higher than what you have read.
Surgery is most often done in 2 steps but if you have been off of pred for a while you might be a candidate for a one step. I had the two step and was back to work 3 weeks from the day I had surgery. Mine is considered a quick recovery, most people are out 6 weeks after their first surgery. If you are contemplating surgery I would find a very experienced CR surgeon, one with lots of jpouches under his/her belt. You can get recommendations for surgeons in your area at I chose to travel 2 hours to see one of the nations top surgeons and I believe his experience (over 2000 pouches) is responsible for my successful recovery.

Even those who have had less than perfect surgery results all say they are glad they did it.

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

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