I had a total colectomy with a j-pouch and temp ileostomy performed in just under two hours and I had a hand sewn anastamosis! My surgeon has done 1000s of j-pouches hence the speed of surgery. Time will vary considerably depending upon the experience of the surgeon.
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