Anal fistula surgery is performed to correct an anal fistula, which commonly occurs due to an anal abscess.
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An anal fistula is a small connecting tunnel between your skin and anal canal where an abscess may have occured. The abscess leads to pus collection, which when drained can leave behind a fistula.
The major symptoms include pus or blood near your anus, pain and discomfort in the area, swelling and irritation of the skin. These are only a few symptoms, and can vary between individual cases.
The surgery is typically carried out under general anaesthesia. The general aim of the operation is to close the fistula that has been created and relieve you of your symptoms. There are different techniques used in an anal fistula surgery, and the surgeon will choose the one that best fits the type and location of your fistula.
The type of surgery performed will influence your recovery process, therefore it is important to talk this through with your surgeon beforehand. Take your prescribed medicine in the required dosages, and take enough time to rest. This will ensure you have a good recovery. You are bound to have some side effects, so make sure to follow your surgeon’s advice to make sure they are not exacerbated.