Surgery and Blog Update.

IBD Family,

I just wanted to write a post letting you know that this coming Monday (July 11th) I will be undergoing surgery. Most people know that I have had both hips totally replaced due to Avascular Necrosis from prednisone use for Crohn’s. Back in March I dislocated my hip and had to have my Hip Replacement replaced on the right leg, and Monday I am having my 4th hip replacement surgery on the left. I will be in the hospital most of next week and then home to recover for about 6-8 weeks. Because of this I will be not be as active over the next week or two in the IBD community, but in my absence I have a very special guest blogger being featured and will have some posts scheduled to go out.

I am also starting a series of posts on Fecal Microbiota Transplant FMT) because of the recent research that has been going on with FMT in seeing if it could be used as a treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease patients. The series of three posts will be one that is talking about FMT alone and what it is and used for, the second post will be a short post discussing statistical analysis and how it is used in research and the last post will be about a new study that was released that looked at using FMT as a treatment for refractory ulcerative colitis. The reason I am doing the statistical post in the middle is because I think it is important for you to understand how studies use these statistics to determine what is significant and what is not, so by time I present the last post about the study you will already know how they went about it and it will keep all of the posts at a decent word count so you don’t get bored! These will hopefully be done in the next few weeks.

I will keep you all updated on my surgery and how everything goes and will be back on as soon as I can. In the meantime I hope everyone is feeling well and I can’t wait to be back.