Hello, I am new to this blog, but not new to this disease. I am 57, and have had Crohns disease since I was 9. I feel great and live a busy life style ( work, kids, etc) . My last surgery was laparscopic, 3 years ago, to remove a small section from my already reduced small intestine due to scarring and too many blockages. It is certainly much easier recouperation than
open surgeries that I had in past. As someone has already mentioned, surgery is not the most wonderful experience, but is needed when all else fails and a part of treating this disease. I am living with less than 10 feet of small intestine, and when I was in bad shape, prior to last surgery, absorption problems lead to many deficiencies. Remicade certainly helped. So, I too regret delaying surgery, as I went from needing infusions for calcium, iron, etc to now 3 years post surgery only close monitoring and new meds for fat absorption.