The best place to research surgeons at www.j-pouch.org Many have had their surgeries in NorCal and I know when Dr. Aguirre was at UCSF he was considered tops in that part of the state but he has since moved on to City of Hope in SoCal. You can't go wrong with the Mayo but you don't really need to travel that far. There are excellent surgeons closer to home. Mine was done by Dr. Robert Beart at USC. He's done over 2000 jpouches and is considered the best surgeon on the west coast.
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