Many of us don’t get proper aftercare instructions after fistula surgery. A friend in my support group shared photos of her aftercare instructions, and they were so good that I had to type them up to share with all of you. I turned them into images so that they can be easily saved and shared from most platforms. Please feel free to save and share them!
Please note that these instructions aren’t perfect, just the best I have seen so far, and they won’t apply to everyone. If you are unsure about your aftercare, I urge you to call your surgeon’s office to have them answer any questions.
(All of this information comes from a handout by Alberta Health Services)
This disease can be so isolating, can feel so hopeless, and can be extremely hard to talk about. We have been building and growing a great online support group on Facebook over the past few years. Thanks to some really open and lovely people, it has become a really wonderful space to find support, advice, solidarity, and understanding.
If you think that could be helpful to you, please check it out!
Fistula Support Group (the group I run)
*** Edit, I recently met Jen, who runs a great support group just for women! Here’s the link to that group:
Abscess/Fistula Support for Women
New post coming soon!
Leah R Chatterjee
1. A probe is inserted, and the surgeon will cut open along the entire length of the fistula, from the internal opening to the external opening.
2. The surgeon will then flush out the contents of the now-open tract, and flatten it out.
3. Finally, the surgeon will sew the skin edges of the tract to keep it flat, and ideally the fistula will heal over the course of a month or two into a flat scar.