I am in the same boat. I have ahd 2 resections involving large and small. I now have a stricture at the terminal ileum also. I have been living with it for years. I eat mostly white foods, with almost no fruit and very few cooked to death veggies. Up until now, for the most part, if I was careful what I ate, I was okay. There were of course "normal" flares, but I have lived with it. The flares, when they come are merciless and usually involve hospitalization.
Okay. My stricture has narrowed to the point where it is skinnier than a very thin pen. I am at the surgery point and have a consult ocming up in Oct. I cannot tell you what to do, but seeing as you asked: My advice is to wait if you can. Surgery brings forth scar tissue, scar tissue causes sctrictures. My stricture is from scar tissue and deep inflammation. If you can live with this, I would suggest maybe you wait. Unltimately the choice is yours. You know how you feel & I do not.
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