Anal Fistula

Anal fistulas can cause serious concerns to your health. With the help of a colorectal expert, you can get effective treatment and achieve relief.

What is an Anal Fistula?

Inside the anus are small glands that naturally make fluid – they can sometimes become infected for various reasons. An anal fistula occurs when an abscess (or a pocket of infected fluid and tissue) occurs in these glands, then grows and creates a small tunnel to the surface of the skin. They can also form a small tunnel to other organs like the vagina. Most times, it’s visible and causes noticeable symptoms.

What are the Symptoms of Anal Fistulas?

The most common symptoms of anal fistulas are:

  • Swelling and redness
  • Pain
  • Bleeding or oozing
  • Fever
  • Difficulty passing bowel movements or urinating
  • Itchiness

What Causes Anal Fistulas?

Anal fistulas most often happen as a result of infection, but they can also be caused by certain medical conditions like Crohn’s disease. You may also be at a higher risk for anal fistulas if you’ve undergone surgery or radiation therapy.

What Are My Treatment Options for Anal Fistulas?

Your first step in treatment is meeting with a colorectal surgeon who can assess the area and determine the severity of the infection. Certain imaging tests may allow them to determine where the fistula goes and how best to treat it. Various surgical techniques like a fistulotomy can be used to help the fistula heal properly. You’ll be given detailed instructions from your colorectal expert on how to care for the area after your return home.

Anal Fistula Outlook and Steps to Take

Anal fistulas are very treatable when caught early on. They can cause complications if left untreated. Make sure to follow all instructions from your colorectal expert including taking all antibiotics, soaking the area in a warm bath, taking stool softeners, and eating a high-fiber diet with plenty of fluids. If anal fistulas are the result of a more serious medical condition like Crohn’s disease, then our expert team can help.

Schedule an Appointment

It’s important to get prompt, expert care if you experience symptoms of an anal fistula. To meet with our team and learn more about your treatment options, contact ACE Clinic by calling or filling out our online contact form.

Meet the Doctors

Drs. Hekmat Hakiman and Arpit Patel are leading colorectal surgeons in the greater Phoenix area. As part of our experienced team at ACE Clinic, they can provide exceptional care with a compassionate and friendly approach to colorectal health. Drs. Hakiman and Patel are dual board-certified in general surgery and colorectal surgery, and both completed their fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX before founding their physician-owned practice in Chandler, AZ. We hope you’ll feel exceptionally welcome during your time at Arizona Colorectal Experts and look forward to helping meet your health care needs.

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