I have seen my GI and he wants me to have surgery. I have strictures on 2 sides of my large intestine. One on the left is worse. He says that because I have rectal stenosis that is more of a chron's thing...even though I test negative. I feel pretty good now that I stopped taking Asacol HD - I think that was causing more symptoms than helping me. Now I am just on Imuran. Seems to be helping. I get little twinges of pain but nothing terrible. GI says he doesn't want to gamble and thinks surgery is best option. I had no dysplasia and no cancer with colonscopy last week. I hear about people having resections all the time with laprascopy surgery. Why not me? I just don't know why it has to be all or nothing. Why do I need all of it out and a bag now? Can't I do this in steps? Take out the major stricture first? I mean...I might have rectal stenosis but I am managing to poop just fine. It comes out and its skinny but I just want a little more time before making the huge incision and taking it all out and having a bag. I read posts and I know everyone is different but what makes some a candidate for a resection and others not? Anyone have ideas? Is this something I can demand? Is it just easier to take it all out? I don't know but once its gone its gone. I don't want to find out later that it would have been an option if I had pushed harder. OH I hate all of htese decisions to make. Although I don't feel like I really have any options.