I never had the option because me surgeon said j-pouch surgery would be too risky for me because of my age, 64, and my extended prednisone use.
Our friends son has a good friend who has had a perm ileo since childhood, is now in his mid thirties and happily married with two children.
I agree with summerstorm.
Ulcerative Proctitis since Sept of 1998. Hospitalized for eight days. Prednisone, Asacol, Rowasa enemas. Two year remission. Flare..switched from Asacol to Colazal. Two year remission. Started 6MP in 2002. Flared yearly from 2003 to May of 08. Hospitalized for ten days in May of 08. Flaring more often since. Off 6MP. Remicade failed. Humira failed. Total colectomy with perm. ileo .