I just had a total colectomy on 12/19/08. Possible future j-pouch.
I had some complications, but I feel GREAT!
I have to say it's been worth it for me b/c I was so sick. and I had tried everything!
If you do have the surgery, you will be cured. I don't suffer from u/c anymore.
It's a tough decision.
But so far, I don't regret it! Even if I keep my ileostomy. It's become my little buddy.
Good Luck-if you have any other questions, the ostomy board has very good posts about
what to expect pre and post surgery.