How can anal fistulas be treated?
An anal fistula is not to be taken lightly, you should definitely go to the doctor, as it usually has to be surgically removed. In order to be able to treat it, the fistula is opened up to the underlying abscess so that the pus can drain out. The abscess must also be opened by the doctor, which is done with a scalpel. This also allows the pus to drain out of the abscess cavity, which is then cleaned. The resulting wound is not initially closed with a suture so that it does not close too quickly. The reason for this is that more pus needs to be drained first, which is why a drain is often placed through which the liquid can escape. Only when the reason for the fistula has been found can it heal completely. The bad news is that anal fistulas often come back and require follow-up treatment.