Best of luck to him! I'm not exactly the same age, lol, but experiences will be similar for those on here. I was supposed to have a 2 step surgery but they weren't able to make the j pouch during the first surgery so they just cut out my colon. Now I have 2 more surgeries ahead of me, the next one being 9/7. I was in the hospital 6 days after surgery but that is only because they were having a hard time finding meds for me. I was ready to leave after 4 days minus the med issue. After 7.5 hours in surgery, I woke up with severe shoulder pain (due to laproscopic surgery). It was also very hard to use my stomach to sit up / lay down / adjust myself in the bed. I had 4 small incisions (plus my stoma site); one of my incisions was in my belly button and that helps hide a scar. I was off all pain meds a week after leaving the hospital. It was 2 months before I felt 100% again, but I felt pretty good weeks 3 - 8! Feel free to ask any questions you guys have about surgery!
DX 2/10 UP. DX 07/10 UC. Pancolitis. tried: Canasa, Asacol, Bentyl, Imodium, Imuran, Prednisone, Flagyl, Cipro, Remicade, Codeine, Tramadol, Xanax, Morphine, Vicodin, Prozac, ~ nothing worked. 1st surgery 6/8/11! 2 more to go!