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Are anal fistulas minor annoyances or serious medical problems?

Are anal fistulas minor annoyances or serious medical problems?

Great question: It is RARE for it to heal without surgery but also it is rare for a fistula to threaten one's health. Very rarely we see the infection get into blood stream and make patient very sick and even infect heart valve or infection can get out of control. It is up to the patient as to how much of a bother the symptoms represent. To help decide a patient really should discuss with Colorectal Surgeon ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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Anal Fistula (Definition)

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


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If I have a small red bump, could it be an anal fistula?

If I have a small red bump, could it be an anal fistula?

Could be especially: if it drains yellowish thick purulent material. could also be a small hemorrhoidor your everyday "zit" ...Read more

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I have an anal fistula. What medical treatment should I follow until i get operated in one month? It is painful at the moment!

I have an anal fistula. What medical treatment should I follow until i get operated in one month? It is painful at the moment!

Recurrence of absces: If the external opening closes the discharge will accumulate and cause a recurrent abscess. Take sitz baths and the external openining might have to be opened up again. ...Read more

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Can an anal fistula have little or no pain? Pus collects around rectum when i sit, but the small hole bleeds after bm. No bm pain during, little after

Can an anal fistula have little or no pain? Pus collects around rectum when i sit, but the small hole bleeds after bm. No bm pain during, little after

Yes: It can simply drain without pain. You should definitely have this treated, however. There are some very well respected colon and rectal surgeons in your region that can provide you very good care. ...Read more

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Can i exercise with an anal fistula?

Can i exercise with an anal fistula?

Sure: Exercise is unlikely to change the course of an anal fistula. If you have an anal fistula, you should have it corrected by a board certified colorectal surgeon, but exercising is not likely to make your situation any worse (though the fistula may make the exercise uncomfortable). ...Read more

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How much a lasser cirugy an anal fistula?

Hmmm: If you are asking what the cost of laser surgery to treat an anal fistula might be, I can't help you. But I can tell you that treating an anal fistula with laser surgery would be rather unorthodox. ...Read more

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What happens if an anal fistula is untreated?

It continues: An anal fistula will continue to fester, leaking pus and blood every few days, until it is fixed. The fix depends on the course of the fistula through the anal sphincter. There is a small risk of cancer if a fistula is left for many years. ...Read more

Fistula (Definition)

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


Anus (Definition)

The anus is the opening of the rectum, through which stool and flatus are passed. The anal canal is about an inch in length, and is ...Read more