Editor's note: Lisa Burks describes her series: In the past month, I have written about Crohn's and colon surgery. Part 1 was about preparing for colon surgery, and in Part 2, I discussed the types of colon surgeries. To complete the series, I'm going to tell my story about having a hemicolectomy. Why did I need one? In June 2015, I developed a colon obstruction. While I was hospitalized with the obstruction, a colorectal surgeon came to see me. He explained it was imperative that I have surgery because of how diseased and damaged a large portion of my colon was and I was at a high risk for additional obstructions, infections, or worse. That was scary enough, but my GI doctor thought having the surgery would give me a better chance of achieving remission down the road. That alone was a big reason why I agreed to surgery. My surgeon determined that laparoscopic surgery would be the best route in my case. Before I could have my surgery, however, I needed to start preparing for it. At the time, I was taking two medications that I needed to stop, Humira (adalimumab) and prednisone. Both of these medications can lower the body’s healing process and ability to fight off infections. Ideally, I needed to be off Humira for at least four weeks. We also had to find a way to lower my dose of prednisone. Since I had been on the steroid for 11 years at that time, I was unable to stop taking it completely. Our goal was for me to get to the lowest dose possible. Surgery time! On July 31, 2015, I underwent a laparoscopic left hemicolectomy. My surgeon removed part of the transverse (top) and the entire left side (descending) portions of my colon, about 18 inches total. I was fortunate that my surgeon was able to save enough healthy colon to connect to the rectum.