I opted for the morphine pump. I had an experimental (at that time) local anesthetic called "on cue". It was a vial of lidocaine attached to my leg that fed directly into the incision. I credit this device for getting me off morphine 12 hours after surgery. It's a bit messy but very effective. You can ask your surgeon if he uses it.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free