Consultant surgeon

Anal fistula

A narrow track can develop from a blocked anal gland to emerge onto the skin usually close to the anal opening. This is called a fistula. From time to time, the area around this will swell uncomfortably before discharging. It can cause an abscess (large boil) which needs to be drained. The large majority of fistulas can be simply treated with a minor surgical procedure.

Rarely, more complex fistulas can involve the muscles surrounding the anus that control continence. Effective treatment is still available but requires careful planning. Many cases are suitable for the anal fistula plug, a biologic implant, allowing the body's own healing processes to "fill in" the fistula.

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