A consultation with a CR surgeon would answer many of your questions better than I, but I will attempt. The success rate for a jpouch is in the 90 percentile. You should visit www.jpouch.org for more comments on that. I opted for a 2-step procedure and had a temp ostomy for 8 weeks between surgeries. The second surgery is usually done by the preference from the surgeon and it ranges from 6 weeks to 3 months between steps 1 and 2. I felt "normal" immediately after the colon and rectum where removed which made recovery a lot easier. Everyone's recovery is different, there are no hard fast rules but you should see improvements in pouch function every 6 weeks for the first few months.
The surgeon in your area who gets the most positive comments is Dr. Garcia-Augilar out of UC San Francisco. If I were in NorCal he would be the man I would see.
BTW- I am in excellent health, take no meds, and am very pleased with the results.
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