Lyndsie, we do have a few people here who have had surgery. There's also a web site all about
the j-pouch, which is the procedure most people with UC have. You can find it here: http://www.j-pouch.org/
Resections are never done on those of us with UC, the reason being that the disease invariably will reappear in the remaining portion of the colon, necessitating further surgery. The good news is that colonectomy is a cure for UC.
I don't know any specific doctors in St. Louis (I didn't have UC yet when I lived there), but I know Barnes Hospital is well-known for its colo-rectal surgery department.
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001. Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006. Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
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