It can cause intense pain and swelling around the anus. Living with an anal fistula Most fistulas respond well to surgical treatment. The surgeon opens the tunnel surgically, so that it can heal cleanly on its own. Feldman M, et al. As the pus drains, it can leave a channel between the bowel and the skin. LIFT Ligation of the intersphincteric fistula tract This procedure is used for fistulas that form between the internal and external sphincters.
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Anal Fistula (Fistula-in-Ano)
Complications by Editorial Team. What causes an anal fistula? Back to Anal fistula. Treatment - Anal fistula Contents Overview Treatment. Further investigations, such as fistulography, endo-anal ultrasound, or MRI imaging, may be used to visualise the remaining part of the tract. Small studies have shown that this procedure is successful in about half of patients.