Hi again @KennyJG44
Dr Remzi wasn't prepared for my initial consult. He was not welcoming of questions. He proposed an open abdominal surgery to construct my j-pouch in 2-3 stages.
I did research and conferred with one of his former surgical colleagues from the Cleveland Clinic who I know through professional relationships and learned that most surgeons who specialize in the procedure now do it laparoscopically.
Dr. Remzi's surgical approach wasn't right for me, though I'm sure there's a rationale for it, I just didn't want to face that trauma and scarring. I also felt he should have explained that while he wouldn't offer it, a minimally invasive alternative was available.
I was referred to Dr. Kiran at Columbia. Another Cleveland alum, who impressed me as both skilled and compassionate. He did the procedure in two stages, laparoscopically. I had excellent in-patient care at Columbia-Presbyterian, and I remain with the team at Columbia for follow-up care.