Fistula surgery fears

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It was scary when I first got my abscess my GP said it is the size of a golfball, it appeared in a week!! Then I was on strong antibiotics for three days before emergency surgery, then I had the wound packed every other day for 4 weeks, It healed too quick on the outside so i was left ith a 5mm pocket so had to have it reopened and they made the incision bigger though there was no infection. It was packed everyday then for the next six weeks,, now a year later, i have a small hole right in the middle of the incision wound and a small hemorrhoid like lump right on my bottom. Think it's a fistula. sooooooo worried about incontinence. Read that they stick a probe through the fistula to perform the surgery - it sounds brutal and barbaric and what if the probe causes a false tunnel? Does the seton hurt? will waste come out through the seton and surely a big wound in your bottom is dangerous with lots of germs about.. I'm rather worried to say the least.

I'd be devastated to be incontinent, I'd never go out

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    Feeling scared to see my Gp - i know i may have fistula but scared of the surgery it's making me worried a lot

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    If necessary tell the receptionist it's an emergency, if your consultant thinks it's to close to the sphincter they will not go any where near it. I have unfortunately and very unluckily had my peri anal wound for nearly 4 years. It just won't heal for some reason. I have had 5 surgeries now, the last one a couple of months ago was to remove my labia, because it had tunnelled through to my vagina. This IS NOT a scare story I promise you, the point I'm trying to make is that it doesn't cause infection in that area as long as it is kept very clean. I have honestly read thousands and thousands of articles on it that make it sound like a horror story, but I promise you, nothing is as bad as it sounds. Just go to your G.p and ask him to refer you back to your consultant. I was lucky when I was taken in, a top colorectal Dr was on call and he remains to be my surgeon now.

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