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Is surgery always necessary to remove a gastrointestinal fistula?

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In brief: Not Always

Gastrointestinal fistulas are treated according to the organs involved and the output of the fistula.
Fistulas between the colon or small intestine and colon can be left alone as long as they are not causing infection or malabsorption. Fistulas from the intestine to the skin are classified as high output (>500 ml/day) or low output (<500ml/day). Low output fistulas generally close without surgery.

In brief: Not Always

Gastrointestinal fistulas are treated according to the organs involved and the output of the fistula.
Fistulas between the colon or small intestine and colon can be left alone as long as they are not causing infection or malabsorption. Fistulas from the intestine to the skin are classified as high output (>500 ml/day) or low output (<500ml/day). Low output fistulas generally close without surgery.
Dr. Michael Zadeh
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Dr. Joshua Katz
Surgery - Colorectal
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In brief: Almost always

Most fistulas cause major metabolic problems and are a threat to your health and safety.
They are also a risk and cause for cancer if left untreated.

In brief: Almost always

Most fistulas cause major metabolic problems and are a threat to your health and safety.
They are also a risk and cause for cancer if left untreated.
Dr. Joshua Katz
Dr. Joshua Katz
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