First off, I don't think you are nuts for wanting a permanent fix to this problem. I am not sure what the statistics are but i do know that more then half of the surgeries done for UC are for "quality of life" issues not because of a lack of treatment options. That doesn't mean that we don't have "real" health issues it is just that we were able to do it on our schedule not on the schedule of an emergency. Each person has their own fix for this crappy disease so what may seem drastic to one person is well within the limits of normal for the next person.
With the energy coming back, I have seemed to notice an increase but I am only one week post op for the ileostomy. Mine will be a three step if I elect to do the j-pouch since I was on pred so long. My surgeon wanted my tissues to gain back their strength when we get off of the pred before making the pouch. The energy may just be my excitement of a new life after UC but I can say I did have a feeling of being "healthier" or "cleaner" right after surgery. Like the internal argument in my gut was finally done.
From the research I have done if you are able to do the two step it should be able to be done in three months. As long as you haven't been on prednisone for a long period of time and your other organs and tissues are in good shape they should be abe to build the pouch on the first surgery then between two and three months later do the reconnect surgery. I am sure that the time frame varies with each surgeon but that is the average time frame I have found in my research.
I would definitely talk to your doctor about it and get his take on it with your reasoning. He will be able to set you up with a surgeon if he is unable to answer your questions. I can completely understand with the taking meds for the next 40 plus years. My GI was the one who pointed out that surgery would be the fix for that.
Total Colectomy with End Ileostomy May 27th, 2008