1) I was in hospital 11 days (for total colectomy, loop illeostomy and Jpouch construction)
2) Fully open surgery!
3) I am still being careful with fibre/nuts, etc (I had surgery on 11 Jan)
4) I left the house a week after getting home.
Good luck with your decision. I am SO glad I had it done and if the jPouch does not work after take down I know I will be able to live happily with and illesotomy.