I just had a total colectomy on 12/19/08. Possible future j-pouch.
I had some complications, but I feel GREAT!
I have to say it's been worth it for me b/c I was so sick. and I had tried everything!
If you do have the surgery, you will be cured. I don't suffer from u/c anymore.
It's a tough decision.
But so far, I don't regret it! Even if I keep my ileostomy. It's become my little buddy.
Good Luck-if you have any other questions, the ostomy board has very good posts about
what to expect pre and post surgery.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/29/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)
"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."
Post Edited (Chasblah) : 2/7/2009 2:58:34 AM (GMT-7)