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What happens if I have a fistula?

What happens if I have a fistula?

See your doctor: See a colon and rectal surgeon and have it removed surgically. There are different kinds of treatment available. ...Read more

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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


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How do I know if I have a fistula?

How do I know if I have a fistula?

The best way: Is to be examined by a colon and rectal surgeon to determine if a fistula is present and the best alternatives to properly mange or treat it. ...Read more

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I have a fistula and undergoing hd tor 2 yrs and i lift weights that's ok w/ my doc. Is there a limit w/ the weights i carry and is my fistula safe?

I have a fistula and undergoing hd tor 2 yrs and i lift weights that's ok w/ my doc. Is there a limit w/ the weights i carry and is my fistula safe?

Tricky: I cannot answer on your particular situation without a direct exam. Fistula's are sometimes partly artificial material like plastic. Fistula's sometimes when entirely natural (your own artery and vein) get abnormally shaped, scarred, fragile. In these cases, weight lifting might, possibly be a risk for some weight exercises.. Obviously, if you aren't putting any pressure on it, not much risk. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't get fistula repaired?

Symptoms can get: Worse and an otherwise simple fistula, easy to repair, can develop into a more complex fistula, much more difficult to repair and associated with a poorer success rate. Best to make the time to determine the reason for the fistula, correct that, and if necessary have your fistula repaired before it becomes more problematic. ...Read more

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What happens to a fistula that fails? Will I need another operation to remove it?

What happens to a fistula that fails? Will I need another operation to remove it?

Not usually: Please try not to let it fail. As an interventional radiologist, i open fistulas all the time. Have it checked if not working correctly. I don't want you to run out of access. ...Read more

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How can a fistula heal?

Usually they don't : A fistula occurs when there is a serious infection, usually and abscess, between two internal organs or an internal organ and the skin overlying it. The infection destroys part of the tissues of both, and the body heals while leaving a hole connecting the two structures. Fistulas rarely close without intervention. Usually the connection needs to be removed so that the tissues can heal separately. ...Read more

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Where do fistulas form?

Depends: There are many kinds of fistulas. By definition a fistula is an abnormal communication from one organ to another. Anal fistulas arise from the anal crypts internally. Enterocutaneous fistulas connect the bowel to the skin, fistulas can develop from almost any organ and most often indicate some underlying disease process. ...Read more

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Are av fistulas permanent?

Don't have to be: It takes a surgical procedure to connect the end if a vein to the side of an artery (create an av fistula). Once created, it will take another surgical procedure to shut the fistula down if need be. Most often they are kept in place even if not used as a back-up system for dialysis access. ...Read more

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What exactly is a fistula?

What exactly is a fistula?

Abnormal Connection: An abnormal connection between to organs or vessels. Example: entero-cutaneous fistula- an connection between the bowel and the skin. These are typically caused by diseases of the bowel. Example: arterio-venous fistula- a connection between an artery and a vein. These are created surgically to provide dialysis. ...Read more

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