Having an appendectomy before age 21 is statistically protective against developing UC in the future. Not that this is really relevant (presumably everyone here already has UC) but I always found that statistic interesting.
I'm crap out of luck. I had appendix issues when I was kid, and should have had the surgery, but it wasn't offered.
@Matt, I would consider it, given the problems you are having. Perhaps having a consult with someone who deals with specialized cases might help. I hope you find something that does.