This varies. I was out for 3 weeks after step 1 and then an additional 3 weeks after step 2. Generally step 2 has a quicker recovery as there is no new incision but adapting to food can be trying. If this is a desk job you can probably return within 2-3 provided you had no complications post surgery.
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