Anal fistulas are a relatively common condition, which can occur to just about anyone. Often the result of an infection in the anus, a fistula appears as a small tunnel when drained. For many, this condition can be chronic and is highly likely to not go away on its own. In the majority of cases, surgery is required to treat this condition and provide relief.
If you’re living with an anal fistula, it can make day-to-day life unpleasant, leading to daily pain and even further problems. But there is a solution – with many different surgical options available to help manage this condition and leave you pain-free in next to no time.
As a specialist in digestive surgery and treatments, Mr Alastair Windsor can offer a range of different treatments to match the needs of each patient’s lifestyle and requirements, including:
Drainage of abscess
The most obvious and fundamental treatment for an anal fistula is to drain it as quickly as possible, offering the tissue a way to heal quickly and efficiently. This treatment can often offer relief and the potential for healing to many different patients, especially in conditions that are less severe.
A Seton is also known as a surgical thread and may be recommended to patients whose anal fistula is across a large part of the anal sphincter. This thread is left within the fistula for several weeks to promote and allow drainage over time, promoting healing. This technique doesn’t remove the fistula, but simply provides relief and drainage, and can be combined with tighter Setons to cut the area slowly.