Actually the next and final surgery will be to close the temporary ostomy and his j-pouch will remain and will learn to function as a colon/rectum. I encourage you to have your son visit www.j-pouch.org for support and education about
his new plumbing. That website discussion board was a godsend to me following my surgery.
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