I'm not sure if what I had several years ago is the same as what you will be having, but I had a sigmoid collectomy and it made me into a more "normal" person. I too have IBS D, diverticulosis, etc, plus I had kinking in the colon area. If it is the same operation, it was a bit rough but not terribly so. Recuperation period was average I guess and I am glad I had the surgery. Check with your doctor, and if it's the same (not being a doctor, I'm not sure), I can fill you in on the details. You can contact me directly at: phyllisfin###gateway.net. Good luck.