"DogDay- I think my decision is made. It's J pouch surgery for me. I'm done with drugs and all of the experimental stuff."
I wish it were that simple. You may very well not be done with drugs if you get a J pouch. It is always a tough call but I would exhaust all the options I could tolerate before giving up my colon. I agree that biologics may not be the way to go, I dont think I would have taken them. But sometimes it takes weird combinations of more normal drugs to put one into remission. When you go to CC I would consult with a top notch GI, as well as a surgeon. Even a good functioning J pouch is not an equal replacement for a colon, it will not be the same as having a decently functioning but imperfect colon. That said most people are satisfied with their J pouches. Good luck whichever way you choose.