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Anal fistula - Treatment - NHS treatment of anal fistula


Surgery is usually necessary to treat an anal fistula. Read about the main options available and what the possible risks of surgery are.

An anal fistula is a tunnel that runs from inside the anus -- the hole your body uses to get rid of solid waste -- to somewhere in the skin around it.

Anorectal pain, drainage from the perianal skin, irritation of the perianal skin, and sometimes rectal bleeding, can be presenting symptoms of a fistula-in-ano.

What are the treatments for an anal fistula? Surgery is almost always necessary to cure an anal fistula. The surgery is performed by a colon and rectal surgeon.

Treatment of anal fistulas depends on (1) the location of the fistula, (2) evidence of sepsis or a large abscess, or (3) worrisome findings on.