Hello everyone, hope you are all doing well! I know I've posted about this subject in months past, but now I have the surgery to remove my rectal stump this Monday and am starting to get a little anxious for everything. I've had an ostomy since 2009 after a bad flare of my Crohn's. They left the rectal stump in with hopes of reconnecting one day, but unfortunately that's not possible and in the last year that piece has gotten really diseased and hasn't responded to any treatment. So I'm left having surgery on Monday for a completion of my proctectomy and make the stoma permanent. I was wondering if you guys could offer some insight into this surgery. How was the pain level? How many days were you in the hospital? How was the recovery process? I know my surgeon said he will have to do it laparotomy so I will have another large midline incision. Thank you!