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01 Apr 2003

Dear Doc
I had a haemorroidectomy a year ago & noticed in Oct last year that there's a little lump on the outside of my anus.......anal fistula I was told by the same surgeon who operated me.
My GP said it is a common post operative problem.
I've been reading about some problems people had - like surgery 5 times to rectify this problem.
Please enlighten me on the following :
1. What is a fistula.
2. Does an anal fistula eventually go away by itself or must it be operated.
3. What is the procedure & healing time if surgery is mandatory.
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01 Jan 0001

Dr, a fistula is a communication between the bowel and the skin on the outside. If it get infected it might clear up by itself, but usually it will stay open until surgery is performed. You will be out of action for at least a week if you have it excised. Good luck.
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