I had my surgery last June with the final surgery last October. I can tell you the same thing- Even though I had the post surgery pain, I could tell right away that I felt "better". I know, that sounds strange but I guess when your colon is so badly deseased, it feels good to get rid of it!
I can't imagine having to see one of my kids having to go through this. As a parent, that has got to be so heart wrenching. But on a happy note, he will be on his way to being healthy again and he will be able to eat all his favorite foods again! (I can now!) Best of luck!
DX UC - in 2005 when I was 37
Tried every drug-even Remicade-Tried diets-nothing worked
Step 1: J-pouch surgery (Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy w/ temporary diverting loop ileostomy) 6-25-10
Step 2: Take down surgery (Ileostomy reversal) 10/8/10
No more UC!!! Very happy with my results of this surgery!