An anal fistula is a small tunnel that develops between the skin around your anus and the very end of your back passage the anal canal. The infection can cause an abscess a collection of pus between your skin and anus. When the pus drains away, it may leave a small tunnel the fistula behind. Around a third of people with an abscess in their anus go on to develop a fistula.
Fistulotomy: Preparation, Recovery, Long-Term Care
A fistulotomy is a surgical procedure used to treat a fistula , which occurs when two organs or tracts form an abnormal connection. The procedure is most commonly used to treat uncomplicated perianal fistulas those occurring in and around the anus , which typically occur when an abscess develops in perianal tissues and breaks through the walls of adjacent structures as it grows. Fistulotomy can help open and drain the pocket so that the tissues can heal and close the abnormal passage. Fistoltomy should not be confused with a fistulectomy, the latter of which involves the resection removal of a fistula.
A fistulotomy is a surgical procedure used to treat a fistula. A fistula occurs when two of your organs or vessels form an abnormal connection. These organs or vessels would otherwise not be connected. Fistulas in the urinary tract occur when an abnormal connection forms from the urinary tract to another organ. These can include:.
After having surgery to remove an anal fistula, you should be able to move around and eat and drink after the effects of the anaesthetic painkilling medication have worn off. If the fistula is relatively simple to operate on, you may be able to go home on the same day as the surgery. However, if the fistula is complicated, you may need to stay in hospital for a few days or have further surgery to complete the procedure. After the operation you will need to wear a dressing over the surgical cut until the wound has healed.