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Doctor insights on: When Is It Nessecary To Have Surgery On A Intestinal To Skin Fistula

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...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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Have anal fistula for 16 yrs. 10 surgeries haven't fixed it. No ibd or health issues. Looking at bowel resection. Opinions please.....

Have anal fistula for 16 yrs. 10 surgeries haven't fixed it. No ibd or health issues. Looking at bowel resection. Opinions please.....

Seek experienced Drs: If you havent already, seek a colorectal surgeon who has seen and dealt with these complex problems. Mri's can sometimes identify other branching points or tracts. If your current symptoms aren't too bad, living with the condition is an option. Seton's can help drain and minimize the baseline state. In extreme situations, bowel resections are worth it and do have happy and satisfied patients. ...Read more

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Why do I get frequent infections everywhere (throat, skin, intestine...) after curative cancer surgery without chemo? Can it be due to sudden drop of ldl? How do I restore my proper immune functions?

Why do I get frequent infections everywhere (throat, skin, intestine...) after curative cancer surgery without chemo? Can it be due to sudden drop of ldl? How do I restore my proper immune functions?

Not sure: I'm not sure why you get frequent infections but i can reassure you of one thing: it has nothing do with your ldl. Ldl has no effect on your immune status or tendency to infection. It does tend to drop in people who are malnourished and malnourished people are more prone to infection. Are you malnourished? ...Read more

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Are there any risks involved in fistula surgery?

Sure, it's surgery: Any surgical procedure has inherent risks, including possible infection, bleeding, sedation/medication issues, possible damage to nearby tissues including nerves, etc. Discuss the details with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What happens during a gum surgery for a fistula?

Depends on fistula: Typically a fistula is a draining tract (stream) usually from infection. If this is the case they would be wanting to get to the source of infection, remove it then close up the area they needed, to open, to access the infection. ...Read more

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Is getting surgery for a urinary fistula painful?

Is getting surgery for a urinary fistula painful?

To some degree: Urinary fistulas are the result of underlying disease, like diverticulitis, crohns disease, or even, unfortunately , cancer. How uncomfortable the post op course is dependent on the degree of surgery required, and whether it is laparoscopic or open. But, don't worry, prudent use of antiinflammatory agents and narcotics make it bearable. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you heal recto-vaginal fistula without surgery?

Ussually not: Depends on the size of the fistula and whats coming though. But inpatient cases you need surgery to repair it. ...Read more

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Which is the most effective surgery for piles and fistula?

Which is the most effective surgery for piles and fistula?

Nothing is 100%: Hemorrhoids and/or fistulas can be relatively easy or complex. When combined, they can present a complicated repair. Please seek a colorectal surgeon , who will be able to discuss all your options . However, if you run across a surgeon who offers 100% success, get up, walk away, and seek another professional. You never get 100% success or safety, in anything. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long will I be out of work after surgery for an anal fistula?

How long will I be out of work after surgery for an anal fistula?

Really depends: Erika - there are several surgeries for anal fistula. Your recovery really depends on not only what exact procedure you have, but also your tolerance for pain, and how important it is for you to be back at work. I've seen a range from the same afternoon to three to four weeks. ...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


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more