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Anal Fistula Painful Alone
No: Typically a fistula is a chronic inflammatory "tunnel" between the anus and the skin. There are many types, many treatments, and the most common surgery involves literally "filetting" open the tract to allow it to heal by itself, and thus obliterate the tunnel. This is somewhat painful, but offers the advantage of removing the chronic, longstanding focus of inflammation and pain, and so is usual. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An anal fistula is an abnormal connection or tract that connects the inside lining of the colon or rectum with the outside skin. It intermittently drains pus and can cause discomfort, pain, itching, and other symptoms. It most commonly occurs as a consequence of an abscess in the same area. This may require outpatient surgery ...Read more
I have a flat, firm and painful area around the external opening of my anal fistula.When I press on the area it hurts?What could it be?
I have an anal fistula. What medical treatment should I follow until i get operated in one month? It is painful at the moment!
Hello I have a multiple opening Anal fistula for 3 years but I am to much afraid to do the surgery because of the pain how painful is the post surgery?
Is packing required after an anal fistulotomy.My docter said I have an anal fistula after my abscess healed.With the abscess, packing was very painful?
Sometimes: Packing is necessary to "clean out" the area and allow for draiinage after healing begins! NOT TO WORRY ...sounds "normal" for this procedure! Hope this is helpul! Dr Z ...Read more
Drainage, Abscess: Failure to correct an anal fistula generally leads to persistent drainage, recurrent peri rectal abscesses and gradual fibrosis of the anal sphincter. Correction of anal fistulas is generally indicated. See a board certified colorectal surgeon. Some fistulas are simple, but some are very complex. ...Read more
Infected anal gland: the most common cause if an infected gland near the anus typically due to obstruction of the gland. Thus results in a small abscess. The abscess needs to drain to prevent you from becoming sick. It does this by finding a path to release to release the puss. The pathway is typically to the adjacent skin near the anus. In rare circumstance fistulas can be the result of Crohnes or cancer. ...Read more
Anal Fistula Tract: An anal fistula is an abnormal connection or tract that connects the inside lining of the colon or rectum with the outside skin. It intermittently drains pus and can cause discomfort, pain, itching, and other symptoms. It most commonly occurs as a consequence of an abscess in the same area. This may require outpatient surgery to treat the problem. ...Read more
If I had an anal fistula what would be the exact symptoms and would they become more obvious after I had just been to the toilet?
Before treatment...: Could you be referring to fissures, fistula, abscess? Sexually transmitted disease (syphilis, gc, hiv, etc.) should be considered. Hemorrhoids & rectal prolapse can appear as an outward bulging. Anal trauma of any kind may cause mechanical injury. Skin eruptions need to be considered. Evaluation is recommended to distinguish serious versus less concerning reasons for your problem before treatment. ...Read more
Depends: On the cause of the fistula in the first place. Maintain a consistent bowel pattern and avoiding constipation or diarrhea is the best you can do. If the fistula is relate to crohn's disease, keeping your disease in remission by taking your maintenance meds without fail, is the best you can do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Avoid Constipation: Non-surgical treatment includes warm water soaks 2- 3 times a day, increasing fiber intake, drink lots of water, and taking stool softeners or laxatives. Witch hazel (tucks (witch hazel) pads) can help. Some relief in a day or two usually. It may take several weeks for the fissure to heal completely. Sometimes fissures heal without treatment. May require surgery. ...Read more
Not really: There are some fistula plugs that can be used, and while it is technically "surgery", it can be way less invasive because the fistula tract is scraped, then the plug inserted. There's also something called a Seton that can be used for a while, that helps in some situations. See a colorectal surgeon for a proper evaluation and ask about these things. Hope this helps! ...Read more
A fistula is an abnormal connection between two places. Most commonly, it originates somewhere in the intestine and communicates to another location in the intestine or in the skin. A fistula can develop after abdominal surgery, with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, anorectal abscess, and ...Read more
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