Why is fistula one of the most misdiagnosed conditions?
An anal fistula is one of the serious anorectal conditions that is a small tunnel from an abscess (an infected cavity) in the anus, to an opening on the skin around the anus. The anus is an opening and it has several small glands that make mucus. Seldom these glands get sealed and get infected which leads to an abscess. More often then not, these abscesses end-up into a fistula.
An anal fistula occurs due to infection between the end of the bowel and the skin near the anus. Anyone from age 18 – 80 can get Anal Fistula and if you don’t get surgical treatment, the condition will never improve. To reduce the chances of experiencing serious complications, consider getting a laser fistula treatment, which spares the anal sphincter and offers promising results.
There can be a lot of causes of an anal fistula as well as a few conditions that may result in anal fistula:
- Injury to the tissue lining of the anus or by an infection in the rectum area
- Inflammation in the mucous lining of the rectum; the same could lead to abscess as it is constantly infected by feces
- Constipation causing injury
- Infection in the anal lining
- Chronic inflammation of the intestines
- Abscess of the large intestine
Types of Anal Fistula
- Blind: This is open on one end only, but connects to two structures
- Complete: This has both external and internal opening
- Horseshoe: This is connecting the anus to the surface of the skin after going around the rectum
- Incomplete: This is a tube from the skin that is closed on the inside and does not connect to any internal structure
What are the symptoms of an anal fistula?
The symptoms of an anal fistula include:
- Frequent anal abscesses
- Pain and swelling around the anus
- Bloody or foul-smelling pus from an opening around the anus
- Irritation of the skin around the anus from drainage
- Pain with bowel movements with bleeding
- Fever, chills and a general feeling of fatigue
These conditions are linked to a lot of other anorectal conditions, so if you feel any of the symptoms, make an appointment with the best proctology specialist. You can make an appointment by clicking the link here.
Diagnosing an anal fistula!
A good Proctology specialist can diagnose an anal fistula by physically examining the area around the anus. The doctor may look for an opening on the skin, then try to ascertain how deep the track is, and the direction in which it is going. In a lot of cases, drainage may persist from the external opening. Some fistulas may not be visible on the skin’s surface, so in such cases, a doctor may need to perform additional tests:
- An anoscopy: it is a procedure where a special instrument is inserted inside your anus and rectum for better imaging
- A doctor can order an ultrasound or MRI of the anal area to get a better view
- A surgeon may need to examine you in the operating room to diagnose the fistula
The reason it can get misdiagnosed is that the symptoms it inflicts, are very similar to other conditions such as fissure or pilonidal sinus.
Along with medicinal treatment, a sitz bath is recommended to ensure an aseptic condition. It should be done daily for about 10 – 15 minutes, a patient can take a sitz bath 2 – 3 times a day or after a bowel movement. Ayurvedic medicines increase the digestive power of the body. If the patient suffers from constipation, he can try Isabgol with Abhaya powder is given at bedtime. These medicines need to be taken for at least three months and they help with constipation.
Is there any treatment for fistula that heals faster?
Well, no one wants to get such a disastrous condition, but anyone can be a patient of fistula. If you are looking for the best treatment of fistula, your timings couldn’t more perfect. Now, with the advancements in medical science, medical procedures in which the fistula tract is ablated. The modern procedures are performed under General anesthesia. The most advanced treatment takes somewhere between 60-90 minutes depending on the severity of the condition.
In the day-to-day lifecycle, feeding and excretion of wastes is a natural process. If the natural process feels painful, inflicts discomfort, then a modern surgical procedure is the fastest way to cure the problem. Anyone can put an end to the fistula with laser surgery.
A mindset that surgical procedure might inflict an unwanted complication is up-rooted in India. The same is true for traditional (open) surgery. However, the new and advanced treatment heals faster with laser ablation technology. The treatment is minimally invasive, involves fewer cuts or wounds, and rarely inflicts any complication.
If you are looking for a treatment procedure for anal fistula, make an appointment with the best piles doctor for you. You can call Pristyn Care to schedule a consultation meeting. The Pristyn Care team is dedicated to provide the best treatment and ensure high-quality care.
If the abscess and fistula are treated properly and heal, they will probably not come back.
What are the benefits of laser treatments?
It is the most promising & successful treatment for Anal Fistula. A study was conducted in Italy and Germany on Laser treatment and both studies reported zero instances of infection in the ablation patients who were studied. Laser surgery not only offers a permanent solution but also ensures faster recovery, minimal or less pain after surgery, reduced risk of infection, reduced risk of rectal stenosis or prolapse, known as Aesthetically the best procedures as well as no diet restrictions. Patients are generally discharged within 24 hours of surgery as they can perform daily activities.