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.