I had the jpouch surgery 8 years ago in 2-steps.
Missed 3 weeks of work after the first step, 3 weeks missed after the 2nd step. Worked the 5 weeks between both surgeries.
I have never regretted my decision; I love the jpouch as it affords me the freedom to hike and backpack with no worries. I hike a lot; currently in Kauai and doing jungle hikes. Have done long distance hikes (100-200 miles) through England, Scotland, Ireland, and the high Sierras. Currently hiking in Kauai.
I have no idea what my frequency is, it doesn't interfere with my activities, though.
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