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How soon after a lay open anal fistula procedure can I start running and lifting weights?

How soon after a lay open anal fistula procedure can I start running and lifting weights?

Ask surgeon: Everyone heals differently and has different recovery periods based on their personal and unique condition/body. This would be best answered by the surgeon. Call him and ask the question, they should be happy to provide you with the best answer for your specific condition post-op. Good luck. ...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


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I have a bowel +bladder fistula, would an operation be need for this , and if surgery, is it keyhole or open surgery?

I have a bowel +bladder fistula, would an operation be need for this , and if surgery, is it keyhole or open surgery?

These fistulas : Are amongst the most difficult to treat and very rarely respond to medical therapy (that is, if you have Crohn's disease). It almost always requires surgery, and the surgical repair can be difficult and is not always successful. I'd recommend seeing an accomplished surgeon with this kind of experience. ...Read more

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I have a dental fistula, nothing showing up on xray. Dentist just said gonna open it up and have a look inside gums i think, what is he likely to do?

Open and look: When x-rays and a clinical exam do not conclusively help us determine what's causing an infection such as a fistula, it is quite common to do an exploratory procedure. Once we can actually visualize the cause of the problem, we can determine the possible treatment options with a better certainty for success. We numb the area, reflect the gums and look at the underlying structures. ...Read more

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After having a laying open of anal fistula I am still having large mucus stools. 2 ops and 1 week on antibiotic drip have not stopped it. No issue b4 ?

After having a laying open of anal fistula I am still having large mucus stools. 2 ops and 1 week on antibiotic drip have not stopped it. No issue b4 ?

Hmm...: cannot say in your particular case and fistulas frequently go off in directsion that are not expected. Furthermore there can be secondary infections, this includes infections FROM the antibiotic treatment (C DiFF). ...Read more

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I had fistula repair surgery a week ago. Wound was left open to heal, no stitches. Are sitz baths with epsom salt advantageous, promote healing?

I had fistula repair surgery a week ago. Wound was left open to heal, no stitches. Are sitz baths with epsom salt advantageous, promote healing?

Won't help or hurt: Since you are a male who had fistula surgery, I am assuming it was an anal fistula. Using epsom salts in addition to soaking in a warm bathtub has not been proven to help or harm healing. Just getting into the tub for 10 minutes or more at least 3x/day helps relieve pain, keep the area clean, and promote healing. If you think it helps, go ahead and use it! good luck with your healing! ...Read more

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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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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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