The majority of school that my son missed was due to the ulcerative colitis, which was the reason for the j pouch surgery. His surgery was done in three stages, it is usually done with either two or three surgeries. His first stay in hospital was 8 days, second 7 days, third six days. I think length of hospital varies based on how quickly bowel start functioning again. He was able to return to school pretty quickly afterwards. I would be happy to talk to you by phone or email, to give you more detailed info. if it would help. Cincinnati Children's hospital was great, and I think is one of the top three pediatric hospitals in the US for this stuff. I would imagine Indianapolis has a great hospital, but just make sure you have a surgeon that is experienced with this procedure. If it is not done correctly, you can have incontinence issues, etc. Big hugs to you, your daughter, and grand daughters what an incredibly tough year.