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A 34-year-old member asked:

Why doesn't surgery get rid of anal fistulas once and for all?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Most of the time it : More often than not surgery does resolve fistulas. However, if it is a complex fistula or one secondary to another disease process such as crohn's, management of the primary disease is essential.
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Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 37 years experience
It should: There are many types of surgeries for anal fistulars, depending on the exact anatomy of the fistula, but usually (though not always) surgery should take care of the problem. Hope that helps.
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