Hi ale and welcome to the forum,
There are some of us on the Total Colectomy 24 site that have had a colectomy and many wonderful people on all of the sites that would be willing to share information with you. I personally had a subtotal last July and my surgeon left 2 inches of my rectum. I have had an extremely successful surgery. I did have many bms in the beginning, like 20+ daily but once my small intestines took over I was down to 8-10 by 6 weeks and able to return to work full-time. By nine months I was having two normal bms daily until some kidney problems altered things but otherwise it was the best decision I ever made.
I will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.
I wish you the very best,
spleen/appendix/gall bladder-removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/bunion & 2 neuroma surgeries/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08/ c difficile
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
There's always hope and things will get better :)