Welcome to the site! Do you know how much of the colon you are having removed? I had a subtotal colectomy in July. It was an open surgery although some drs. do laparoscopy. You can expect about 5 days in the hospital w/ a possible NG tube for a couple of days. My dr gave me an epidural after my surgery for pain instead of a pain pump because a pump slows down your intestines. In the beginning I went to the bathroom between 15-25 times a day. It wasn't uncontrollable but when I ate I would need to use the bathroom shortly thereafter. Now, 3 mos. later I still go between 5-10 times a day. I am still on a low residue/fiber diet and I am still trying to figure out what foods work best for my system. I have food sensitivities but they were there before the surgery so that just adds to the equation. You have control but you definitely know where every bathroom is. It's a difficult surgery but I went back to work full-time 6 weeks after my surgery; I was a little tired at first but I'm doing pretty well now. There isn't a day that I regret having this done and everyone tells me how good and healthy I look now, even some drs. that I've seen for other appointments. if you have any other questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I wish you the very best. You will be in my prayers.