We met with the surgeon today to determine the course of action and how to address the abscess. Thankfully, the procedure is not as major as originally thought, and the procedure on Monday is more of an examination than a surgery. They are going to drain the abscess and better determine it's size and inflamed area. There is a very good possibility they will leave the drain behind; although, that's hopefully a minor inconvenience. [I've never left a hospital with a tube in my rectum, so let's hope for "minor".] He also feels the overall "pouchitis" that I've been experiencing and seen via scope is a result of the abscess and it's inflammation. If this is the case, then curing the abscess will also resolve the pouchitis. This would be a major bonus, as then I could get off the antibiotics at some point as well.
The downside to this is this may not be the end of the road: Depending on how the abscess responds and heals, this may be the first of other possible procedures. We will address those when the time comes, so no reason to stress about those now: Positive thoughts breed positive results.
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