A 53-year-old member asked:
Do people who have surgery once for anal fistulas usually need repeat surgery later?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
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.
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Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
Maybe: Proper surgery needs to find internal opening the first operation.
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Last updated Mar 26, 2015
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