July 3 will be 2 years since my daughter's j-pouch surgery. Prior to surgery, her doctor did as many tests as possible to make sure she had UC and not Crohn's. This included the camera endoscopy.
For her, surgery was the best thing for her. It gave her a life again.She sees her surgeon once a year for a pouchoscopy (she goes in a few weeks). She eats what she wants. She takes no meds. She can take long road trips (she traveled with friends from New York to Florida) and not have to worry.
Once in awhile she eats something that doesn't agree with her. But it is nothing like UC and she knows it works itself out.
Surgery was a very big decision. Because she was 17 when she had surgery, we discussed it with her in detail. The ultimate decision was hers. It is something she has never regretted.