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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.
Dr. Arie Pelta
Colon and Rectal Surgery 20 years experience
Maybe: Proper surgery needs to find internal opening the first operation.

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