Why are you having surgery?
If you are talking about the jpouch, I would recommend you see a very experienced colorectal surgeon. You can go to www.j-pouch.org and post and ask for a recommendation in your area or close to you. Don't be surprised if you have to travel to a major metropolitan area to get a very experienced surgeon. I can't stress enough how important it is to have this surgery done by someone who has done a lot of them.
If you are having surgery for Crohn's your doctor is correct. Typically the jpouch is not done for Crohn's patients unless the Crohn's is limited to the colon only.
Without knowing more about you it's hard to guess what your possibilities are?
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