The surgery is not a small one and although the outcome can be extremely rewarding, you do end up taking more trips to the bathroom after surgery. Would you opt for a j-pouch? I see a few people here who have had great results with a jpouch, I have also seen some who opted for perm ileostomy and are very happy. I think you can be happy with whatever you decide but if it were me, I would probably go for regular colonoscopies before jumping in and getting surgery. Surgery is a life long decision and does require a lot of consideration. You need to do all the research and know what you're in for before deciding it is what you want. The recovery is quite long and there seems to be a lot of learning involved. I do admit I have never seen someone who was sorry they had the surgery but it is a lot to think about. Give it some time, read, research and get checked out again, then make a decision. I would think they should be able to tell you if it is UC or dysplasia from a biopsy. Definitely get a second opinion. Dysplasia doesn't always require surgery, it is a good reason to have surgery but cells can change for reasons other than cancer. If you get the same result from a second opinion and again in 6 months, surgery may be in your best interest. Just my opinion.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron
Reducing to 6 Asacol/day + Canasa + Probiotics + Iron - So far so good!!! -SPOKE TOO SOON! Back to 9/day...