He just said to me as I was half way out of the door that I would need surgery. I was completely shocked so said what for and he said to remove part of your bowel.
I don't know if maybe he saw something in other investigations that he thinks he has told me about. Maybe he's just not a very good communicator and meant that was a strong likelihood that I would need surgery at some point.
I am looking around for another Consultant anyway for a second opinion as I luckily did respond well and fairly quickly to the steroid treatment. Although I keep being told by my family that as soon as I feel better I forget how ill I have been, there are lots of people with this disease in a far worse position than me that so far seem to have avoided surgery.
Thank you all for taking the time to reply.