I personally liked having a 3-step surgery. I was in real bad shape going into my colectomy (it's not a huge surgery) and I know that I was able to recover a lot quicker because of the 3-steps. The j-pouch creation is the largest part of this process so you'll be combining the colectomy with your j-pouch creation if you go with a two step surgery.
The take-down surgery is a minor surgery which takes about
45 minutes, most of it is just checking over their work with a scope.
I have ulcers at the inlet of my jpouch so my GI calls it crohns, it just made getting Stelara a few years ago much easier to get while it was only approved for CD. I had a scope last year and after being on Stelara for about
3 years and posted a thread about
I would reference you to my previous post - are you willing to take medicine if necessary for your j-pouch?
Depending on what I eat I will empty my pouch 1-5 times a day without any urgency. It's probably the same frequency as my ostomy.