I had a procto-colectomy with a j-pouch due to UC not CI but contrary to Angel's post, this surgery has given me my life back. I have no diet restrictions and am very physically active. The best advice I can give you is to find a good colo-rectal surgeon and go for a consultation. My surgery was more complicated than a straight colectomy (my rectum was removed too, for CI you get to keep your rectum). The prep was the same as for a colonoscopy, no food for 12 hours and a bottle of mag citrate. Prep for CI might be more involved, I don't know. Surgery was 1.5 hours (I had one of the top surgeon's in the country) and I was in the hospital for 7 days. I was only on morphine for 12 hours, vicodin after that. I went back to work 3 weeks after surgery.
I do not have diarrhea, I have formed stools and poop normally, just more frequently.
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