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What is the recovery time for an anal fistulotomy

A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Zbigniew Moszczynski
General Surgery 29 years experience
No: no it should not but recommend stool softners or mild laxative to relieve the constipation which is usually due to the narcotic pain killers.
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
It could indeed!: So make sure you don't get constipated. I recommend using a fiber supplement like metamucil at 2-4x the usual dose, with plenty of fluids. Drink up on... Read More

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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jason Sample
General Surgery 24 years experience
Takes a while: It takes a while for things to heal after this procedure. Have you followed up with the surgeon? Even if you have, make another appointment to see her... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jack Bergstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
Weeks: Healing time depends on the depth of the fistula. Anal sex may delay healing or cause further injury to the anus or sphincter muscle. Be sure you are ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 36 years experience
See below: A very small area left to heal is not abnormal. Should be all the way closed soon. The discharge is probably fibrinous exudate, frequently present unt... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Lin
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Here are some...: For average healthy persons, hosing public tap water - not stagnating dirty water from rivers or ponds - to cleansing the wide open wound 2-3 days af... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sean O Donovan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 34 years experience
Safer with experienc: Biggest risk is incontinence-very low incidence in experienced hands, many options available to lessen risk. Discuss with an experienced surgeon! risk... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Seibert
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Anal fistula: There are no vitamins and no particular foods which will make an anal fistula heal faster. It does help to increase the amount of fiber in the diet to... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
It's ok: Just keep cleaning the outside of the wound, especially after bowel movements. It will be fine. The body won't trap feces inside the wound. Hope this ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jarrod Kaufman
General Surgery 29 years experience
Fistula: Is this a fistula that has been repaired? Either way this should be seen and addressed by a general or colorectal surgeon that can help with this type... Read More
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Dr. Zeenat Hasan
Bariatrics 14 years experience
Could be normal but: see your surgeon to make sure. What is the color of the discharge? What kind of bits- like blood clots, tissue, stool? A small amount of mucous can be... Read More

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