Guys, you are giving advice to someone who posted two years ago :)
Although it's good advice! And just to clarify, j-pouch is typically abbreviated IPAA -- ileal pouch anal anastomosis. Amazingly/scarily/whatever, IAA (ileum-anal anastomosis) was performed in the early 80s when it was theorized that the ileum would simply stretch out and become a pouch by itself, and the results were (as you can imagine) not fun.
dx'ed UC pancolitis 5/12
past meds: asacol hd, VSL#3, apriso, rowasa, xifaxan, 6mp, cortifoam, pentasa, cimzia, canasa, butyrate, flagyl, cipro, prednisone, remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, cortenema
current meds: none!
step one: colectomy, end ileo 1/16/13
step two: j-pouch construction, loop ileo 5/1/13
step three: takedown 7/31/13