UC surgery Decision to Make
Posted by Megan on June 23, 2008
Hosted by HealthTalk. Talks with Surgeon, Sonia Ramamoorthy, M.D.
Join us as we speak with leading colitis specialists about when colitis surgery might work best to help you maintain an active, healthy life, and why waiting too long may be hazardous to your health. We’ll talk about the types of surgeries available, post-operative complications that may occur and the realities of living short or long-term with an ostomy. Plus, you’ll also learn about support groups, counseling and other ways to process emotional stress before and after colitis surgery. ” – (health talk website text)
*Around minute 14 the surgeon talks about being on steriods before surgery, Minute 26 talks about weening of pred. before surgery to improve wound healing. High protein for good wound healing. A good Attitude for mind over body. when you understand the risks and benefits before you go into surgery you will feel empowered. Getting your family ready for support.
**Minute 20 talks about alternative medicines.
**Minute 24 talks about possible risks of surgery.
**Minute 30 talks about lapro versus open surgery. Talks about length of time recovery.
**Minute 33 talks about fertility (female).
**Minute 35 talks about ostomy.
**Min. 37 talks about living with jpouch, diet, BM function.
Do post your thoughts if you listen to the webcast! Deciding to have the “elective” surgery was the hardest decision to make. My reason was because I was in a year 6 flare and no medicine working, pred. dependent, I just couldn’t live sick any longer. I wish we had found information like this before I made my decision. This is a good webcast, they discuss the biggest reason people wait (people who are medicine dependent and still with symptoms they mean – not those on meds in remisison). Reasons people wait or delay their decision to have the “elective” surgery:
2) Worry of surgery related complications
3) Surgery apprhension b/c live with disease so long.
4) Risk of having ileo or colostomy.
5) People worry that it is the beginning of a slippery slope that will lead to more surgeries down the line.
6) Quality of life, childbearing fear, etc..