Anal fistulas, also known as fistula-in-ano, refers to an abnormal tunnel that develops from the rectum or anus. Some fistulas will not be visible on the surface of the skin. In this case, the doctor may need to use an instrument to see inside the anus and rectum or order imaging tests such as MRI or ultrasound.
To find out more about anal fistulas and fistula surgery in Los Angeles, contact the Fissure and Fistula Center of Excellence today. Our experts are here to assess and treat your condition and help you get on with your life. Call 888.512.2312 today.
Symptoms of Fistulas
Do you think you might have an anal fistula? Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Anal abscesses that keep coming back
- Swelling around the anus
- Pain around the anus
- Pain during bowel movements
- Bleeding from the anus
- Drainage from an opening near the anus
If you experience any of these symptoms, you may have an anal fistula. Don’t hesitate to contact a doctor for treatment.
Causes of Fistulas
The most common cause of anal fistulas is an abscess in the anus. Some cases may also result from conditions such as Crohn’s disease, trauma to the anus, cancer, or a number of other diseases and conditions.
Fistula Surgery Los Angeles
Surgery is usually necessary in order to repair a fistula. Fistula surgery in Los Angeles is typically done as an outpatient procedure, meaning the patient is free to go home on the same day as the surgery. The most common procedure done for fistulas is called fistulotomy. Fistulotomy involves surgically opening the fistula, draining the contents, and flattening it out.
Contact the experts at the Fissure and Fistula Center of Excellence in Los Angeles to learn more or to schedule an appointment with a doctor.
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