Like Nanners, I have had multiple resections. I went 10 years from when I first suspected I had CD until I was actually diagnosed. I feel that a lot of underlying disease formed scar tissue and did some real damage. I ended up having 3 resections in a pretty quick time frame, but after my last one, I have been on maintenance medication and have been pretty well under control since. I have been almost 12 years since my last surgery and still doing pretty well. So If your quality of life is reduced, then surgery may be your best option, just make sure you are on some form of maintenance medication afterward. I really worry about the ones who are keeping the disease "in check" with diet. Because it takes years for the long term damage to show up and by then its too late.
CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!
Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....