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A 37-year-old member asked:

are there medicines for anal fistulas, or is surgery the only option?

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Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
No: Antibiotics will help keep the infection from worsening, but once a fistula forms surgery will be needed to remove the fistula tract and the infected anal gland that caused it.
Dr. Arie Pelta
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
NO: There is no known medical treatment for anal fistulas. This should be treated by a colon and rectal surgeon.

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A 53-year-old member asked:

Do people who have surgery once for anal fistulas usually need repeat surgery later?

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Dr. Ronald Kline
Specializes in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Moderate likelihood: If the source of infection is not adequately removed, then the incision may continue to discharge. New fistulas may form since you may have a propensity for infection in the area. There are conditions that make the area prone to fistulas such as crohns' disease.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long will I be out of work after surgery for an anal fistula?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Varies: Time off of work is variable depending on the method of fistula surgery used, the individual patient and the type of work you do, it can be anywhere from 2-3 day up to 10-14 days and is often case specific.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have anal fistula wihout surgery and medicine, naturally cure treatment?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
There is: No natural cure for a fistula.. Period. Sorry, but surgery is the best way to resolve a fistula.

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