What do I do if I have an anal fistula?

Written by: Dr. Ramón Díaz Conradi
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Some of the symptoms of anal fistulas, which are located around the anus, are pus, mucus and pains. There are different ways to treat them.

How do I know I have a fistula?

Anal fistulas are a shallow or deep connection between the anus and the skin is around the first.

Patients who have suffered an abscess anal fistulas are suffering more frequently. However, in most cases these believe hemorrhoid sufferers. Pus, mucus or anal discomfort are some of your symptoms.

Professional in C URGERY General should assess the patient through a physical examination and a rectal exam. usually also order some tests such as anal ultrasound, an MRI of the pelvis and a colonoscopy.

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Treatment of anal fistula

The treatment is done by surgery in order to fix and maintain the fistula sphincter functions, these are contain gases and faeces.

The procedure can be performed with the following techniques:

  • Complete removal of the fistula (if it is superficial),
  • Placing fishing lines in the path of the fistula,
  • Covering the fistula with anal tissue.


Postoperative anal fistula

After surgery, the patient will spend 24 hours in the hospital for medical surveillance. Once discharged, medical professionals recommend a diet rich in fiber and drink plenty of water. Without neglecting the sitz bath with warm water 3 times a day and after each bowel movement. This is complemented and accompanied by anti-inflammatory medication for pain and discomfort. The patient will have to go to the office of the surgeon during the time it deems necessary to complete and correct healing.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Ramón Díaz Conradi

Dr. Diaz Conradi has made since 1990 over 3,200 interventions in Laparoscopic Surgery, covering all types of digestive diseases (liver, gallbladder, bile duct, pancreas, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum), spleen, morbid obesity (bands and by-pass), adrenal surgery and emergency surgery (abdominal trauma, acute appendicitis, cholecystitis, intestinal obstruction, perforation of hollow viscera and urgent adnexal pathology). In addition, he is a frequent speaker and lecturer at the Universidad San Pablo CEU.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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