My take down was this past August, and I had a great experience. Not everyone has lots of problems. I was sore from the surgery, of course, but I knew how to deal with that from my previous surgeries. My bowels woke up about two days after takedown. I could tell I had to go, I got up, got in the bathroom, and went. Not really urgent. And things only got easier from there. I never got buttburn. A little bit itchy, but no pain. I never have much urgency, I go all day at work, no problem, and I sleep through the night most every night. I get up in the morning and can take a shower and all of that before I go even. Some days I go more, up to 8 times, but it's just because if I want to let it out, I can almost every time I pee. Sometimes I choose to, sometimes I'm in a hurry and choose not to. I had one partial blockage, that was uncomfortable, I got to the point of vomiting, but that unplugged me, and I was fine afterwards. I'm now eating salads, raw veggies, popcorn...everything I could never eat before, even with my ileostomy.
So, I just wanted to give you a success story!!! I love my jpouch! You may or may not have complications, I was just a lucky one and didn't, and you hear many more stories of harder recoveries on boards, because those are the people here, looking for advice.
Good luck! I hope all goes well!
If at first you do not succeed, then skydiving is surely not meant for you.
Jo - UC, total colectomy and ileostomy on August 24, 2007. Step 2 & ileostomy switched to left side - May 27, 2008, and take down August 8, 2008. Gallbladder removed December 5, 2008. LIFE IS GOOD.