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how do you repair a rectal fistula?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Surgery: A rectal fistula is usually an abnormal communication between the internal rectum and the surface skin adjacent to the anus. Coorection involves "connecting the dots" or excising the fistula. Surgery is done as an outpatient procedure. Healing is complete within 7-10 days.
Dr. Jeremy Adler
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Depends on cause: Fistula from crohn's requires medical therapy and antibiotics. Sometimes setons can help. Surgery is often avoided with crohn's except in certain circumstances. Non-crohn's related fistulas are often corrected surgically.

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How can fistulas (urinary) cause involuntary urine loss?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Escape: Body fluids, including urine, just follows the path of least resistance. If the fistula connection provides an easier way to escape than the "normal" route, then involuntary urine loss will follow.
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Is gastrointestinal fistula a known risk for radiation cancer therapy?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
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Yes but rare: A fistula is a possibility after radiation therapy but this risk is very unlikely for someone being treated with radiation for the first time.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is gastrointestinal fistula a complication of Crohn's disease?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: A fistula is a connection between two distinct organs or structures. Some people with Crohn's disease are prone to fistula formation, whereby the affected portion of the intestine can bore a hole ito an adjacent organ (intestine, bladder, vagina) or the skin. These fistulae almost always require definitive surgery.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I have no symptoms but still be diagnosed with gastrointestinal fistula?

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Yes: Fistulas are abnormal communications between different areas of the body. Sometimes these are small and essentially asymptomatic. In such cases, it can be safe to just treat these with regular observation, but sometimes the asymptomatic fistula can enlarge and become symptomatic over time.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can heart damage resulting in bradycardia be repaired permanently?

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Dr. Rick Koch
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Pacemakers: Pacemakers are the treatment for non-reversible bradycardia ....There are many instances of bradycardia are reversible (medicines) or temporary.

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