anal fistula

Are you dealing with an anal fistula? Trust Crest Surgical Practice for undergoing anal fistula surgery in Singapore. This common medical condition can be painful and disruptive; our experienced team is here to help. 

How We Treat Anal Fistula in Singapore?

When you choose Crest Surgical Practice for your anal fistula surgery, our experienced surgeons will carefully assess your condition. We discuss your treatment options, like fistulectomy and (ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract) LIFT procedure in Singapore, with you. 

Our experienced and qualified surgeon can recommend the correct procedure, such as LIFT or anal fistulectomy in Singapore, to ensure relief. 

Trust that you are in capable hands when an experienced surgeon is here at Crest Surgical Practice to perform anal fistula surgery in Singapore.

How We Give Importance to Recovery and Aftercare?

  • A thorough evaluation of your condition is a must. It helps us analyze the extent of the fistula and plan the treatment.
  • Our surgeons perform surgery to remove the infection and promote natural healing.
  • Post-operative care matters. After surgery, we give clear instructions for your recovery.
  • Follow-up appointments are a priority to track your progress. It ensures that your healing process is on the right track.
  • For pain management, we offer effective pain relief options to ensure comfort during your recovery.

Crest Surgical Practice is here to provide the correct treatment options and support for anal fistula surgery in Singapore.

Information About Anal Fistula

What is anal fistula?

An anal fistula is a small tunnel that develops between the skin around the anus and the inside of the anus or rectum. It is usually caused by an infection or an abscess that forms in the anal gland.

What are the risk factors?

  • Previous anal abscesses or infections
  • Crohn’s disease may present with multiple anal fistula
  • Previous anal surgery

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of an anal fistula may include:

  • Pain around the anus , which may worsen with bowel movements.
  • Swelling and redness around the anus (perianal abscess)
  • Discharge of pus or blood from the anus or a small opening near the anus.
  • Itching and irritation around the anus.

Can anal fistula become cancer?

Although extremely rare, there have been reported cases of anal fistula developing into cancer after many years of persistent inflammation. In some cases, an anal fistula may be caused by underlying anal or rectal cancer. Therefore, it’s important to seek medical attention if you experience symptoms of an anal fistula.

How to treat anal fistula?

An anal fistula typically requires surgical intervention to heal properly as it does not usually heal on its own. In cases of acute infection, antibiotics can be used to treat the condition. However, it is important to note that anal fistulas may remain asymptomatic for extended periods of time.

Surgery is generally the most effective method of treating an anal fistula, and it is often performed as a same-day procedure, allowing patients to return home on the same day. Multiple surgical approaches may be used to treat anal fistulas, and the best approach is typically determined on a case-by-case basis following consultation with a surgeon.

What are the options for anal fistula surgery?

The most common surgical options include:

  • Fistulotomy: This is a procedure where the entire length of the anal fistula tract is cut open. It is an effective treatment for simple and short anal fistulas.

  • Seton placement: For complex fistulas that cannot be completely removed, a seton may be placed through the fistula tract to keep it open and allow it to drain.

  • Ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT): This procedure involves tying off the anal fistula within the anal sphincter, without the need to cut any anal sphincter muscle. Part of the anal fistula tract is removed in the process.

  • Advancement flap: In cases where other surgical options have not been successful or for high-risk fistulas, an advancement flap may be used. This procedure involves using a flap of tissue from the rectal lining to cover the fistula opening.

What are the risks of anal fistula surgery?

Some possible risks associated with anal fistula surgery include:

  • Bleeding: Usually mild and self limiting.

  • Infection: Surgery for anal fistula can increase the risk of infection, which may require antibiotics.

  • Incontinence: In rare cases, the surgery can damage the anal sphincter muscles, leading to incontinence.

  • Fistula recurrence: In some cases, the fistula may recur after surgery.

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Dr LEE Kuok Chung

Senior Consultant General Surgeon
Subspeciality interest: Colorectal, Advanced Endoscopy and Robotic Surgery

Dr TAN Wee Boon

Senior Consultant General Surgeon
Subspeciality interest: Thyroid, Hernia and Endocrine Surgery

Kim guowei, UGI surgeon, Stomach specialist

Dr KIM Guowei

Senior Consultant General Surgeon
Subspeciality interest: Upper Gastrointestinal, Bariatric and Robotic Surgery

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