There are several surgical choices for UC: a permanent ileostomy, a jpouch, or a kpouch. I'd recommend you read up on all three and talk to people who have had each surgery. Surgery choice is really based on the patient's lifestyle and what you are willing to sacrifice. There is no perfect surgery but there is a best option for 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