I had my stage I of 2 in April 1992, at a time when there was no such thing as a laparoscopic colectomy. In those days you were cut open like suckling pig from bottom of the rib cage to just above the pubic region. I had a number of complications after step one. Although I had passed the bar exams for Connecticut and New York in 1991 and had already started practicing law, I was out of work for approximately 4 months. I had a number of complications after surgery, including a postsurgical ileus, infections, vacillating sodium and potassium levels which landed me in the emergency room, blockages which landed me in the emergency room, and prednisone withdrawal which included headaches that were dull but chronic. I was back at work very shortly after take down, and since 1992, I've worked full time as an attorney. I had 2 surgical revisions of the J pouch which were done in 1998 and 2000 as outpatient procedures.
More recently I had thyroid cancer surgery, resulting in a complete thyroidectomy as well as removal of a lymph node to which the cancer had metastasized. I had the surgery on a Tuesday and showed back up at the office on a Thursday, but the senior partner at my firm sent me home and told me come back on the following Monday. I bring this up because in comparison to the colectomy, the thyroidectomy was like squeezing a pimple.
The only wildcard is that you don't know what complications might result from surgery. Everyone responds differently and has different recovery times. Good luck.