What uc medications have you tried?
If you are considering surgery then you need to do some research. A j-pouch is two or three surgeries depending on surgeon discretion and patient health. They remove your large intestine, make a pouch out of the last of your small intestine, and attach it to the anus. The advantage is you do not need a colostomy bag, and poop as you do now. There is a surgery recovery period, and your pouch must adapt, but the end result is 4-6 non-urgent bms a day. 95 percent of those who've undergone surgery are happy with the result, and many wish they'd done it sooner.
Get a surgery consultation, a question and answer session with a j-pouch surgeon. It's by no means an obligation to get surgery, just get your questions and concerns answered.
Visit j-pouch.org. Read the blogs of some who've gone through the process, e.g., ronnielee-fightingforit.blogspot.com/2012/08/coming-to-terms.html
. Checkout the ostomies forum on healingwell.
I'm not sure you need surgery yet, but it's good to understand what it entails.
Moderator ulcerative colitis
M, 37, uc (proctosigmoiditis) in remission
Rx: Remicade 5mg per kg/8 weeks, 75mg 6MP, weekly Rowasa
Diet: Diet mods and supplements haven't done a thing for me
UC is crap: worrying about crap, taking waaay too many c, running because you have to c, accidents, feeling like c, taking a crapton of medications...
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