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What is a fistulotomy?

If this procedure is right for you, here’s what to expect:

  • We give you general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep and not able to feel any sensation during your procedure.
  • We cut open the fistula tract and remove diseased tissue or drain pus.
  • If you have a larger or complex fistula, you may need a special implantable drain.

What to expect during A fistulotomy?

If this procedure is right for you, here’s what to expect:

  • We give you general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep and not able to feel any sensation during your procedure.
  • We cut open the fistula tract and remove diseased tissue or drain pus.
  • If you have a larger or complex fistula, you may need a special implantable drain.

Is a fistula a sign of cancer? Fistulas are more common in the pelvic area but can happen in different parts of the body. They are a rare side effect of cancer treatment. Less commonly, they develop because of the cancer growing. The symptoms depend on where it is in the body. You may get urinary and bowel symptoms if the fistula is in the pelvis.

What causes fistula to form? A fistula is an abnormal connection between 2 body parts, such as an organ or blood vessel and another structure. Fistulas are usually the result of an injury or surgery. Infection or inflammation can also cause a fistula to form.

What happens to the fistula during A fistulotomy?

What happens to the fistula during A fistulotomy? During the fistulotomy, a cut will be made at the site of the fistula. The fistula is opened surgically to remove the infected area with pus or other fluids. In many cases, stitches are used during a fistulotomy. If stitches aren’t used, the wound would be left open and either packed or covered with gauze.

How long does it take to do a fistula surgery? A fistulotomy ( Fistula Surgery) is an outpatient system, which means it likely won’t require a short-term hospital stay, performed to open a fistula. This procedure usually takes about 60 minutes. You’ll likewise need to get ready for extra time whenever the surgery is scheduled.

What should I ask my doctor before A fistulotomy? Before having a fistulotomy, ask your doctor about alternative ways to treat and heal your fistula. You should also ask: If your fistulotomy requires local or general anesthesia. If you can eat anything before the procedure and, if not, how long before the procedure you’ll need to fast.

What is the success rate of A fistulotomy? The success rate of a fistulotomy varies, based on several factors. However, according to the American Society of Colorectal Surgeons, it can be as high as 92% to 97% for treating anal fistulas.