I had my surgery done at USC in Los Angeles. I was back to work full time 3 weeks after surgery but most people are out of work for about 6 weeks. Full recovery was a year, but that's not a year of lounging on the couch. It's a matter of the new plumbing adjusting.
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