Hi! First of all, a total colectomy is when the entire colon and the rectum is removed. You cannot have a total colectomy and still have a little colon left...at least that's what I've been told.
I responded before that I felt that a colorectal surgeon is best and I still stand by that suggestion. A general surgeon is fine for general surgery. When I was going to need my ileostomy, I wanted a specialist...a doctor that has had additional years of training in doing ostomy surgery. A general surgeon doesn't have that extra training. I wanted a doctor that had done many, many ileostomies in the past and was as much of an "expert" at it as they could be. General surgeons come across the need for ostomy surgeries occassionally but it isn't a day in and day out procedure for them. Yes, there are some fine general surgeons out there and I wouldn't hesitate having one remove my appendix, but I sure wouldn't want him removing my colon and performing an ileostomy if I had other options. (I had the best general surgeon in my area literally stand there and wring his hands saying he hoped he didn't have to perform surgery because it would be so difficult! Honest! I told my daughter, when he left, to not let him touch me!) After all, if you needed, lets say, open heart surgery, wouldn't you want the best specialist you could find? I felt that way about my ostomy surgery. I've done hospital visitations for the United Ostomy Association and have seen a little bit of everything.
As I suggested before, be sure and do your homework on the doctor's available to you. When you know you have the best you can find in the area, your confidence and attitude will be great and you should end up with a quick recovery. Best wishes and many prayers go your way. You will make the right decision for yourself!