A 51-year-old male asked:
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i had fistula repair surgery a week ago. wound was left open to heal, no stitches. are sitz baths with epsom salt advantageous, promote healing?

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
32 years experience General Surgery
Won't help or hurt: Since you are a male who had fistula surgery, I am assuming it was an anal fistula. Using epsom salts in addition to soaking in a warm bathtub has not been proven to help or harm healing. Just getting into the tub for 10 minutes or more at least 3x/day helps relieve pain, keep the area clean, and promote healing. If you think it helps, go ahead and use it! good luck with your healing!
Answered on May 20, 2018

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