Are there diets that can stop the progression of Crohn's disease and stop me from needing more surgery?

Probably not. Crohn's disease can have a variable course, but diet alone will not change the course, but rather may change the severity of flares when they occur. I would avoid milk products and very high fiber doiets during a flair and be sure to drink plenty of sport drinks to maintian your fluids and electrolytes.
Micronutrients. Selective immunsuppression with Remicade (infliximab) and steroids is a basic tenet of medical therapy for crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Micronutrient deficiencies are relatively new and include replacing and monitoring for vit d3, vit a, zinc, and several other vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Bile binders/questran and avoiding fats can be helpful. Many are helped by avoiding gluten. Good luck.

Related Questions

Does lack of exercise contribute to the progression of Crohn's disease?

No. There is no relation between exercise or lack of it and the progression of crohns. Read more...
Not really. Being a couch potato isn't known to worsen crohn disease. Being active and eating healthy -- and having a positive attitude can help. Read more...

Will everyone need surgery for Crohn's disease?

No. Crohn's disease can be highly variable from one person to another. Many patients are treated with medications only. Complications such as bowel obstruction, bleeding, intestinal fistula formation, or uncommon cancer formation likely would require surgery though. Read more...

What are the pros and cons for surgery for Crohn's disease?

Surgery. Surgery is usually reserved for significant symptoms not relieved by medications. Intestinal blockage, bleeding, or fistula formation may likely need surgery. Surgery is avoided as one cannot do well if too much intestine is removed with repeated surgery, and there is a significant chance of crohn's disease recurrence after surgery too. Pro: removes disease. Con: removes intestines. Read more...
Many. Surgery is only done to cure a complication of crohn's. Abscess, fistula, stricture. It is used when there is no further medical alternative. Read more...
Last Resort. Cisco, surgery can not cure crohn's disease. Crohn's disease is a life long ailment that needs to be controlled medically. Overtime, there are complications of the disease that can form, for instance stricture (just one example). Surgery will only be done to relieve that stricture that blocks food from going through. We limit surgery in crohn's until deemed the only way to improve the patient. Read more...

Will getting surgery for my Crohn's disease help me to be more energetic?

If in remission. Eventually it should but it may take some time to restore your health after the surgery and provided your crohn's remains in remission with medical treatment. Read more...
Probably. People with crohn's disease bad enough to get surgery often have a lot of inflammation and poor nutrition due to the intestinal inflammation. Removing that usually improves bowel function and allows your body to use energy for activity instead of fighting abnormal inflammation. Read more...

Is it generally less difficult to gain weight after having surgery for Crohn's disease?

Usually. When active crohn's disease leads to surgery, it's usually for intractable pain, stricture, obstruction, abscess, or fistula. Once the active disease is removed, the patient, at least for a time, feels better, can eat better, and is more active, thus causing weight gain. Many times the chronic medications can be stopped. However, 85% of patient will develop symptoms again. Good luck. Read more...

I have a colectomy it done over 20 yrs ago ant to get lap band surgery would be safe for me had colectomy done for Crohn's disease and colectomy can I have a lap band surgery even thought I have the colectomy done overr 20 years ago

In . In general, having a colon resection should not interfere with having a band or a sleeve gastrectomy since the surgeon doesn't have to interact with the portion of intestines that were involved in the original colon surgery. If your colectomy was for crohn's disease, technically the lap band and possibly the realize band are contraindicated (please confirm with your bariatric surgeon). Any other cause for colectomy including ulcerative colitis shouldn't be an issue in terms of getting the band. Good luck. Read more...
It . It sounds like it may be an option for you and your doctor to discuss. You did not say if you still have crohn's disease or if you are currently on immuno-suppressant medications. Some medications for crohn's disease can negatively affect your immune system and increase risks of poor healing with surgery. Also if you have persistent crohn's disease, it is known that rarely crohn's can affect a person's stomach, and you may need further evaluation to tell if lap band surgery is safe for you. Also your current nutritional status is a factor for surgery and healing, but just having had a colon surgery 20 years ago is not likely to be a negative factor for you. Read more...
Lap band colectomy. Yes, it can be done. I have placed bands in people that have had colectomies. It can be tough because of all the scar tissue, but bands and sleeve gastrectomies can be done. A bypass would be very difficult to do though. Read more...
Yes. It is a soft contraindication with ibd to get lap band but it is perfectly safe to get it. There may be difficulty with adhesions. Read more...

Is surgery the only treatment for an intestinal stricture of the sigmoid colon caused by Crohn's disease?

The best treatment. Your best bet for intestinal stricture due to ibd is surgical resection. In patients who've had multiple surgeries/resections for ibd, stricturoplasty , where the inflammatory stricture is opened but not resected, may be an option.Still, surgical intervention will be necessary. Good luck. Read more...
Dilation. Endoscopic dilation is a small possibility but likely you will require surgery. Read more...