Posted 11/21/2012 1:21 PM (GMT -7)
There has always been a cancer risk with jpouchers, since there is a bit of rectal cuff left for continence. The last time I checked the percentages were less than 1% for the chance of cancer post surgery. I think you misunderstood the nurse; they don't have a ward in the hospital for people with jpouch problems, they have a ward for people who choose to have jpouch surgery. Yes, there can be complications post jpouch surgery, there are complications post any surgery. Jpouch surgery is very complex and depending upon how ill the patient is, the risk of complication is higher.
There is no perfect surgery for UC but there is a perfect surgery for you, and that's the one you're willing to live with. Jpouch surgery has a satisfaction rate of over 90%. I've been one of those happy jpouchers for almost 12 years.