Fistula success story

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Hello all!

Last November i had a huge abscess in the perinanal region ,it one of the most painful experiences of my life . This developed into a fistula that was relatively high and passed through quite a large preportion of the sphincter muscle so my consultant couldn't perform a fistulotomy and instead inserted a drainage seton . It really hindered my life and what made it worse was that I couldn't find many success stories online that it would even get better (just hundreds of people saying how long they have had the condition for and it wasn't improving) I am very active and like to excersise every day but with the seton it was very tricky indeed (but not impossible) anyway I promised myself that as soon as I was fixed I would post on this board and here I am ! After the drainage seton was removed it was replaced with a Cutting seton which cut through within 7 days and voila ! It was fixed . The whole process took 9 months and it was a long drawn out affair but I'm pleased I am out the other side ! Anyway I just wanted to share to give people hope that it is quite common for it all to be ok and time and a good consultant is all that it takes 

Kind Regards


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  • Posted

    Congratulations Ross! Had a seton placed a month ago and look forward to next stepslol ALthough I know it will take timecry.

    So far the seton does not bother me that much other than the draining...I still do sports and stuff. 

    Why did it take 9 months for you and not less?

  • Posted

    Thanks Ross. I was actually jogging the next day following the seton placement! maybe I am one of the crazy few who have done it but my CRS told me no problem.


  • Posted

    Hi Rossy

    I have Seton placed for 3 weeks and surgeon said after 6 weeks I can remove Seton or place plug.

    Is it mandatory to have plug or removing Seton will help ?

    Why did you choose cutting Seton after Seton removal?

    I'm confused on what to do next .

    • Posted

      I'm in similar to your situation. What you decided ? Going to remove Seton or having plug ?

  • Posted

    Congratulations Ross. Your success story has given me hope. Thank you for sharing. I have a Fistula-in-ano for the past one & a half years without medical or surgical intervention. Since I couldn't stand reoccurrence of abscesses anymore, I decided to seek surgical remedy. My surgeon recommended a Seton stitch insertion of which I agreed to.

    It has been 3 days since the seton was inserted. The experience is painful. More painful than the monthly abscess drainages i used to experience. I wonder how I will survive for months with this seton.

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