I also have a stricture which is scar tissue and thus not going anywhere no matter what medications I take. I have resisted surgery for a while but I am planning to have a resection or strictureplasty in a couple months. I feel great right now but when I do have a flare, and there is inflammation on top of the scar tissue, then the stricture is very annoying and I have to be very careful about
what I eat (smooth/soft foods, and very tiny meals). I think surgery to remove a cold stricture is very different from surgery to remove the actively diseased part of the bowel. We aren't hoping the surgery will "cure" us, we are just preventing serious physical complications like obstruction or perforation. I'd rather do the surgery when I'm feeling well and can recover nicely than in an emergency situation when I'm weak and sick to begin with.