Most of us who have had jpouch surgery are very happy, the ratings are 95% satisfaction. Count me as one of them. Just as with any other surgery there are risks of complications. No one can promise you a perfect outcome. I chose to go ahead with it knowing that if it didn't work out I could resort to a permanent ostomy. It's been 7 years since surgery and I couldn't be happier with the jpouch. I encourage you to visit www.j-pouch.org for more information.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free