Anal Fistulas are most often a by-product of infection in the anal canal, which punctures, the skin, leading to a tunnel being formed. Unlike other conditions, an Anal Fistula does not get repaired by itself or through simple lifestyle remedies but requires a surgical procedure to block the tunnel or clear it. Knowing what signs to look out for is important in getting timely medical intervention.
What is an Anal Fistula?
The anal canal typically has numerous glands that secretes fluid. When bacteria enters these glands, an infection may be caused, leading to an abscess. Looking for an area to drain itself, the abscess punctures a hole in the skin near the anus, to release the built-up infected fluid, creating an anal fistula. While most anal fistulas are caused by an infection, in rare circumstances, they could be a result of chronic conditions in the body.
What are the symptoms of an Anal Fistula?
A patient may typically experience one or more of the following Anal Fistula symptoms, depending on the severity of the condition.
- Pain and swelling in the anal region.
- Bleeding during and after bowel movements
- Drainage of foul smelling liquid from near the anus.
- Irritation and itching in the anal region.
- Recurrence of anal abscesses
- Signs&Symptoms of infection such as chills,fever, etc.
What are the causes of an Anal Fistula?
There are fewcauses of anal fistula causes which the doctor can determine:
- An infection
- Crohn’s disease
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Various forms of cancer
How to diagnose an Anal Fistula?
The doctor first determines your sign &symptoms and then may conduct some tests to diagnose Anal Fistula:
- Visual Inspection
- MRI and Ultrasound
A visual inspection can help the doctor identify the external opening of the fistula, which is near the anus. The depth and dimensions of the fistula can then be determined to drain and treat the fistula.
What are the treatments for an Anal Fistula?
Anal Fistulas are typically treated with surgery, which the doctor determines after the diagnosis:
- The doctor may use a plug to surgically close the fistula
- In mild cases, the doctor may cut open the fistula, enabling it to heal flat
- In severe cases, the doctor may insert a tube into the fistula to slowly drain it out and then conduct the surgery
What is the cost of Anal Fistula treatment?
The Anal Fistula treatment cost in Mumbai, India, depends on the severity of your condition and the surgical procedure required to treat it. Our Anul Fistula & Piles specialist diagnoses your condition and recommends the necessary treatment, based on which an approximate cost can be conveyed to you. Consult us your yourtreatment plan and estimated cost.
Why Dr. Sanghavi?
An expert Anal Fistula surgeon in Mumbai, India, Dr. Mahesh Sanghavi is an industry expert who has achieved tremendous success in diagnosing and treating Piles, Fissures, and Fistulas. He uses cutting-edge technology and techniques to treat each patient with a personalized treatment plan that ensures safety and confidentiality. His standard of excellence in each treatment assures patients of a positive outcome, increasing their quality of life. Consult our team for an appointment.