I had the surgery for UC too, about 6 years ago. I don't know what you mean about "side effects" from surgery but I am guessing you want to know how if differs from life with an ileostomy? Expect your frequency to be high, expect butt burn, and expect a long recovery. Recovery from the reversal itself is not hard, what is hard is for your small intestine to learn how to behave like a colon. My recovery took about one full year. If you want to learn more go to www.j-pouch.org That site has over 5000 members who have had the surgery and there are always plenty of newly recovering folks around to share with.
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