Yes, even following surgery you will need to stay on medication to treat Crohn's. Crohn's disease affects the GI tract from the mouth to the anus, even though you are now without your colon and rectum, you can still get the disease in your small intestine. I imagine you will still need regular visits with your GI and will always need to take maintenance medication.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free