I am only three weeks out of surgery so I cannot answer all of the questions but here goes with what I know.
I can say one thing though, eight hours after getting out of surgery I felt "cured". I have no other words for it other than "healthy" or "clean". I was amazed, my surgeon told me I would feel this but I never expected it would be of such magnitude nor so quickly.
Anymore questions, go ahead and ask. Like I said I am only three weeks out of a total colectomy so I have only limited experience so far. Others will hopefully join in and give you a broader perspective with these questions also. I am possibly looking at doing the j-pouch surgery but that is something my wife and I will discuss later to decide if that is what is right for us.
Total Colectomy with End Ileostomy May 27th, 2008