The Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo in MN have outstanding reputations for the jpouch surgery but if you don't live near them there are TONS of highly capable and experienced CR surgeons around the US who do the surgery. I live in a small town and opted to go to the city for my surgery in California. My surgeon has done over 2000 jpouches and does the surgery in under 2 hours (a 7 hour surgery for many surgeons) so don't think you have to travel too far. The best place to get surgeon recommendations in your area is to visit www.j-pouch.org There's a thread on Best Surgeons in America and chances are you can find a surgeon/hospital close to you.
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