She will have surgical choices; everything from a permanent ostomy to a j or k pouch. I suggest you and your daughter visit www.j-pouch.org to learn about the options. A jpouch is more like a colon whereas a kpouch is a form of intubation.
Recovery from surgery varies and is dependent a lot on how sick the patient is at the time of surgery. Some of us returned to work/school within 3 weeks from surgery but the average is a 6 week recovery at home. Once the diseased colon/rectum are gone your daughter will feel immediate relief and recovery begins. It's kind of amazing.
I had jpouch surgery 7 years ago. I have never regretted my decision and am able to participate fully in life. I take no medications and eat what I want. I wished I would have had the surgery sooner than losing the 2 years of my life to UC.
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