It was far more important for me to pick the surgeon, not the surgery style. I wanted a surgeon who was top notch in their field with a good track record of success. My surgeon does not do lapro and I was okay with that. I ended up with a 5-6" scar which now, 5 years later is fairly faded. I had no problems with recovery but everyone's recovery from this surgery is different.
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