What are some good questions I should ask my prospective surgeon?

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   Posted 7/9/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never had surgery before and am preparing to have jpouch surgery. I was wondering what questions I should be asking the surgeon when we meet.

I plan on asking how many of these procedures he's done, how long I can expect to be out of work, how will I know when it's okay to return to work (my profession is rather physical)

I've done quite a bit of research on the procedure, so I feel pretty familiar with what is going to be done, but obviously I'll ask him to explain it all anyway.

Can't think of anything else although I am sure there should be much more to ask!! Any suggestions very much appreciated.

47 yr old female, dx'd UC April 27, 2006; mild arthritis in lower back, dx'd May 2008; Osteopenia dx'd 6/08 Achieved almost-remission mid October 2008 (rectum still inflamed)

16 Remicade infusions, current scheduled every 6 weeks: 1st: 7/21/07; most recent: 6/06/09; Current meds & supplements: Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Xanax as needed (rarely); Rowesa and/or Canasa; multivitamin w/folate; Culturelle; Fish oil capsules, calcium chews and/or Tums; Vitamin D;

Past meds: Prednisone 4/06-4/08; Entocourt EC; Asacol; Colazal; Venofer (iron) injections Dec '07; Imuran (extremely bad reaction 2/07); Protonix; Lexipro

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   Posted 7/9/2009 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Ask him/her if you can talk with one of his jpouch patients that is similar to you in age, activities, etc.  I think it really helps to meet a jpoucher face to face, or at minimum, talk on the phone.


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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