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Anal fistulas are caused by an infection of the anal glands - a small tunnel/tract forms between the end of the bowel and the skin next to the anus. Bacteria can cause a collection of abscesses to form when the pus from these drains away, a small channel is left behind.
Anal Fistula Surgery is often performed under general anesthetic and can take up to 30 mins. Depending on where the fistula is, the surgeon will determine how to approach the surgery - surgery may be performed over a few separate operations to reduce the risk of infection when passing bowel movements.
The recovery period may vary from patient to patient. Although superficial anal fistula can heal faster, it still will take several months for a full recovery. Within one or two hours after the surgery, your surgeon will encourage you to get up and walk around. However, you will need to rest for the first 10 days and walk as little as possible to help the wound to heal. Expect to pass feces within one to three days, which may feel uncomfortable at first and a small amount of bleeding is possible. You can take a painkiller around 20 minutes before going to the toilet to help with the uncomfortable feeling. The wounds should heal within six weeks. You may get back to work after 2 weeks when you feel comfortable enough.
The success rate of anal fistula surgery is extremely high. However, with any type of treatment and surgery, it carries a number of possible risks. Be sure you ask for more information regarding the risk and complication that may happen. Some of the risks for anal fistula surgery are:
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