Question: Is fistula surgery painful?

A fistula can be painful and scary and may affect daily life, especially if a person has difficulty using the bathroom. It is important to work with a surgeon who has significant experience treating fistulas and to ask questions about the best surgical treatment options for a persons health goals.

How long does a fistula surgery take?

Discomfort is minimal and you may even fall asleep during the 1 to 2 hour-long procedure. The surgical incision is usually only 2 to 4 inches long. Generally you are able to return home later that same day. The fistula usually requires from 8 to 12 weeks for the veins to dilate prior to initial use.

How long does it take to recover from fistula surgery?

Most people can go back to work and their normal routine 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. It will probably take several weeks to several months for your fistula to completely heal.

How is fistula surgery done?

The surgeon places a silk or latex string (seton) into the fistula to help drain the infection. Fibrin glue and collagen plug. The surgeon clears the channel and stitches shut the internal opening. Special glue made from a fibrous protein (fibrin) is then injected through the fistulas external opening.

Can I sit after fistula surgery?

It is important that patients are able to rest for several days following the surgical procedure. During this time, they should allow their bodies to recover, and avoid sitting or walking for too long. Many people find it more comfortable to wear loose-fitting clothes during the recovery period.

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