for me and my disease having the pouch surgery was the best thing that I could have done. Sure there have been some problems and it is not perfect .. and yes you do go to the bathroom more often, but nothing like the UC days. The actual surgery and recovery was difficult. I would say it took 6-12 months to feel good again and get everything working properly. But being 10 years post op, I can't imagine what my life would have been like without the surgery. I am sorry I can't help with surgeon recommendations, I had my surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Wishing you the best, please post here any questions you may have.