as said above, the site jpouch.org is probably the best place for it. It is probably a personal preference if you are able to have a j-pouch over an ostomy. I currently have a functioning j-pouch and I am extremely happy with it. I have been going to the bathroom anywhere from 4-8 times a day with no urgency, cramps, or pain. The gas is atrocious, but you have to be careful what you eat. I had an ostomy, and that was the beginning of what gave me my life back. You get used to it very quickly, and you live a functioning life. Everyone is different. By no means, take what I have said as gold, it is just something to base some of your queries on. It will be an adjustment, but know that you can always go back to an ostomy if you don't like the way things work.