Anal Fistula is an abnormal connection that forms between the anal canal (terminal part of the intestine) and the skin of the bottom. The symptoms make it undesirable to patients and doctors usually find it extremely challenging to treat. While there is a dearth of specialists treating this ailment, Proctologists at Healing Hands Clinic have a definite technique to tackle it. Read below for answers to some common questions:

Is this condition common?

It’s more common than you can imagine! In fact, the incidence is the same across all strata of society; anyone can suffer from it. What’s unfortunate is that most people remain closemouthed until the condition aggravates to a level demanding immediate medical attention. Most anal fistulas have a dormant initial phase, and this is the perfect time to address the problem.

What happens if treatment is delayed?

An anal fistula rarely heals by itself. It can remain silent for a long time, even years. Quite commonly, with time, the tract extends deeper and branches out. Obviously, this stage is more difficult to treat.

Do medicines help?

No. This is a condition where you need to physically correct the tract, either with Laser or surgery. There are no medicines for this condition, and if someone claims so, its misguidance.

So, what are the treatment options?

A Simple fistula can be treated with a procedure called FiLaC (Fistula Laser Closure) in which the photothermal energy of the Laser is used to destroy the tract. In cases of Complex and Recurrent fistula, DLPL (Distal Laser Proximal Ligation) is done. In this technique Laser is combined with conventional surgery to give excellent results. DLPL does not harm the anal sphincter, thus control over motions is maintained.

Healing Hands Clinic is a certified ‘Centre of Excellence in Proctology’ by Dr. Antonio Longo, widely considered Father of Proctology. Hundreds of cases of Complex and Recurrent Fistulas have been treated at their various clinics including Pune, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nashik and Bengaluru.

Author's Bio: 

Proctologist at Healing Hands Clinic