Thankfully, I'm comfortable with the inter-web and found dozens of sources, articles, and even videos of JPouch surgeries, as well as just plain colectomies. Cleveland Clinic, Mayo, and other well known hospitals have been researching UC, Chrohn's, and different pouches and results for decades now. Thankfully, these are easy to come by, and, if you can handle some big words (and albeit, some boring filler), there is a lot of information to be had.
I also stumbled upon the JPouch.org forums, where it seems like coffee time all day long, and chances are, somebody has already had it and already had it fixed. It's been a wonderful source of information for use both before, during, and after surgery. This was an instant favorite bookmark, and became a daily regular visit.
After nights of research and reading, this seemed liked the right surgery to do, now it was just trying to find the right surgeon (and hospital) to do it. As we didn't want to have to travel to one of the major centers (ClevClin, Mayo, or NYC), we tried to find specialists within our region: I've seen what difficult hospital stays can do to families and I wasn't ready for that nor did I want to put my family through it.
Thankfully, my GI had offered some names he knew from his earlier years and other specialists that were near us. A good friend, who actually sells colorectal tools, got some names for me as well for other surgeons. We did some research, checked out the net, but had trouble finding any information on these surgeons. Well, let's go instincts and let's see how it goes. I like to interview candidates for work, guess this isn't much different, except now I should REALLY care who we hire.
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