Reply to "Life gets better post surgery: The Whole Shebang"

New Yawker:

First thank you for your post.  I am a 71 year old male, who was very active until diagnosed with UC and now have an ostomy (for about 6 months).  I do feel better (good days and bad days), but dislike the ostomy bag and being medicated with Entyvio every two months.  A recent colonoscopy showed the UC still present and doctors say reconnecting me would not be an appropriate procedure.  So the doctors are recommending colon removal and a J-Pouch.

Although they have not explained the entire procedure to me yet, I am assuming the operation will be a two step procedure--1) close the ostomy, fix a hernia behind it, remove the colon, form the J-Pouch and form an ileostomy. Step 2, about two months later, would be the takedown.

An alternative to the operation would be to stay like this and hope the medication will eventually put the UC in remission and I can be reconnected.

One final note; I am very concerned about the operation, especially at my age, but your posting was helpful.

Any thoughts from anyone would be helpful.

Nick10136   

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