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Colorectal Diseases

Anal fistula

10/14/2009

Question:

I had a cyst after my delivery(2yrs ago) that end up to anal fistula. I want to do surgery,seton, is it good idea? how long it takes? shall i do it? i scare! please help me. I am in pain, that i had it for long time

Answer:

A Seton keeps the external portion of the fistula open so that infection cannot accumulate under the skin. Occasionally it is done in the office, but often requires anesthesia to be placed. See an expert in proctology, so you can discuss all your options for treatment of this condition; there may be others besides a Seton.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati