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Last Updated: Apr 14, 2023

Laser Fistula Surgery - When Is It Required?

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Dr. Pradeep Kumar MishraGeneral Surgeon • 36 Years Exp.MBBS, MS - General Surgery, Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery, Certificate of Diabetic Foot Surgery
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Laser fistula surgery is a procedure to treat anal fistula. An anal fistula is a tunnel-like structure which forms at the intersection of the anus and the bowel. It forms if the anus is infected, which results in pus accumulating in the surrounding tissues.

Once the pus is drained, a channel remains. Fistulas can result in very unpleasant symptoms – skin irritation and discomfort. This condition also doesn’t resolve on its own – so surgery is recommended. 

Let’s look at the symptoms of anal fistula

  • Irritation of skin around the anus

  • A smelly discharge

  • You may find blood in your bowels

  • Swelling around the anus

  • Bowel incontinence

Causes of anal fistula

Usually, anal fistulas follow an anal abscess. You may contract one if an abscess does not heal properly. 

Some common causes of anal fistula –

Laser treatment for anal fistula

Laser treatment is an advanced treatment method for anal fistula. In fact, this method is not just restricted to fistula, but also piles and fissures. This procedure is a daycare procedure, performed under the effect of anaesthesia

Laser energy is directed at the affected area, which shrinks the abscess/ haemorrhoidal nodes. The blood supply to the affected area is also disrupted so that the inflamed tissues do not receive nourishment.

 The advantages of this method for piles, fissures and fistula are –

  1. You can get back to routine activities immediately

  2. It does not cause too much post-operative pain

  3. The bleeding is minimal

  4. The recovery is quick

  5. The procedure is performed on the same day of admission

You can easily get rid of these painful conditions through laser surgery. If you wish to pursue this treatment method, consult a doctor to understand it better.

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