I have had 3 resections. I was always on long term prednisone with each of them. As far as the healing, instead of having the staples removed at 10 days (or something like that), I had them out at 14. The healing is a little delayed. It isn't a reason to put off surgery if it means getting quality of life back. I had the 3 resections pretty close together because I had spent 10 years undiagnosed and untreated, thus I had a lot of damaged to undo. After that was taken care of, I have lived a pretty calm life, CD wise. It was a matter of finding the right combination of medication and the right diet. I have been given quality of life I didn't have before my resections. Yes the healing is not fun, but once you recover, you will probably be much happier, for a good long time.
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.....