Hi Hisgal and welcome,
I had a subtotal last July. My surgery was open and I have about 2 in of my colon left. My surgery was extremely successful as my quality of life has never been better. I went from having pellet like bms once every 2 weeks if I was lucky and that was with a lot of meds to having 2-3 bms daily. I started with 20+ bms following surgery but they slowly tapered as the months went on. I never lost control of my bms and was able to return to work full-time 6 weeks after my surgery.
I lost12 lbs following my surgery and haven't put it back on. I continue to follow the low residue diet that you have to follow right after you have the surgery because if I eat fresh fruits or veggies I get severe diarrhea. I tried taking imodium to slow things down but that stopped the bms altogether so that's why I continue on the diet.
I have many people and even other drs of mine tell me how healthy I look; this was the first winter that I did not get a sinus infection or even a cold! It did take a long time to regain my strength but then again this is a major operation.
Once you have this done you won't believe how bad you really felt; I was amazed that I looked that bad and felt that bad until afterward when I had energy to do things; beforehand I was always exhausted and weak.
I wish you the very best and will gladly answer any more questions you may have.