When an abnormal channel develops in the anal or rectal area, this condition is called an anal fistula. A number of surgical procedures, including an anal fistulotomy can be used to treat an anal fistula. Some of the most common symptoms of an anal fistula are pain, swelling, tenderness, bleeding, and drainage in the anal or rectal area. Patients may also experience pain during a bowel movement, anal abscesses, and discharge that persists.

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Anal Fistula Treatments

A broad range of options exist for treating anal fistulas. While the condition almost always requires surgery, a number of different surgeries can be chosen from. Chief among these are:

  • Fistulotomy
  • Fistulectomy
  • Fistula Plug
  • Endorectal Advancement Flap

An anal fistulectomy is an outpatient procedure. It often takes less than an hour to complete, and once the patient has recovered from the anesthesia, he or she is free to go home the same day. During an anal fistulectomy the fistula will be opened up and flushed out. This is done to clear the fistula of any bacteria or infected tissue. The surgeon will then flatten out the fistula and sew it in place. 

After the anal fistulectomy surgery the wound will be dressed. Patients may experience some bleeding after the operation. This is normal. Stool softeners may also be prescribed as well as antibiotics. Healing time varies depending on the specifics of each patient, but it often ranges from a few weeks to a few months. After using the toilet patients should be certain to wash the area of the surgery thoroughly. 

Do you suffer from pain due to an anal fistula? Contact the experts at the Fissure and Fistula Center of Excellence today. 

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