My first resection was an emergency because of a complete obstruction. But the second one was done because my quality of life was so poor because I had developed narrowing where I had been previously resected. I was suffering with bad constipation and nausea all day everyday that just made life miserable. In my case at least, no other option was available because I was on my way to another obstruction. That is what happens when you don't take your maintainence meds on a regular schedule. So now I am always a good girl and take my meds daily. Hope that helps a little.
Most weigh their need for surgery with how poor their quality of life has become. I bet you will find alot of responses from folks who wondered why they waited so long because they felt so bad before. It is fair to say that most with Crohns will have surgery sometime in their lives, but we have a few long timers who have not had surgery yet, but they are few and far between. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease & Anxiety/Panic
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!