I have been lurking this forum since about January pretty religiously because I had a really bad flare up and ended up having to have a colectomy. I am wanting to have the jpouch done and have to have a 3 step procedure due to the state I was in before the surgery. I had read most people had their steps done in 3 month increments but my surgeon has told me between my 1st and 2nd step they would do it at 6 months to a year at minimum. I understand his reasoning as they want me to be fully healed before they make an attempt. I would like to hear from others what their time between surgery was like and how bad your condition was before you got the surgery.