I went throught lots and lots of surgeries, finally looking like things are going in the right direction with Dr. Remzi in Cleveland. You do bring up an interesting point .. is surgery (a j-pouch or even a stoma) an option for someone "simply" struggling with very bad colitis issues?
I can tell you, when I was in college I was grossly under weight, could have bloody stools ANYWHERE and ANYTIME and pain in the abdomen that forced me to pull a car off to the side of the road because I would have caused collisions! Therefore I CAN understand why someone could want to consider surgery, even if they hadn't yet developed colon cancer for quality of life. I ultimately did develop colon cancer, and blessed that we have j-pouch options. I can honestly tell you, an ileostomy was better for my quality of life than when colitis took over.
Now, having said that, I'd be sure to exhaust other non surgical options that would be available, of course!