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A 30-year-old member asked:

what are the symptoms of an anal fistula?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Several: Drainage, pain, anal lump.
Dr. Scott Browning
Colon and Rectal Surgery 30 years experience
Drainage, swelling: An anal fistula is usually preceeded by a painful abscess. It is usually characterized by intermittent drainage and swelling.

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A 53-year-old member asked:

Are there several different procedures for treating anal fistulas?

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Dr. Joshua Katz
Colon and Rectal Surgery 28 years experience
Anal Fistulas: Yes. Fistula are treated by evaluation under anesthesia, anoscopy, digital exam and proctoscopy. The first step is to determine the locations of the internal and external openings of the fistula, the amount of sphincter involved, the number of tracts, the association with the urethra or vagina, and drainage of any abscesses.Ttreatements include fistulotomy, advancement flap, and fistula plug.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to leave an anal fistula untreated for a year, or will it get bigger?

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Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
No: Untreated fistulas can develop secondary openings which will make the surgery more complicated and can lead to damage to the sphincter which may cause incontinence of stool and gas. In rare cases leaving a fistula untreated may lead to development of malignant changes in the fistula.
A 34-year-old member asked:

I think I have an anal fistula; which type of doctor should I make an appointment with?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 29 years experience
Colorectal Surgeon: Board certified colorectal surgeon.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What happens if an anal fistula goes untreated for a year?

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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Vascular Surgery 29 years experience
Abscess: An anal fistula is a connection from the inside of the anorectal area to the outside. This will cause soiling and infection. If left untreated it will lead to perirectal abscess formation and sepsis.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What kind of doctor should I see if I have anal fistula?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Colorectal surgeon: Generally fistulas are straight forward but can be complex. Best to see a colon and rectal surgeon for proper management.

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