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Does a peri rectal abscess always develop into a fistula? If

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Does a peri rectal abscess always develop into a fistula? If surgery is required what is the general time required off from work?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Internist replied 4 years ago.
Hello,

An access and a fistula are 2 different things. An access is a pocket of pus and a fistula is a connection or tunnel in the skin. If an access just is drained the down time may be a day or so but if it requires more than just drainage the convalescence can be up to a week.


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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I have already had the abscess drained. I am aware of the recovery time for it. I am asking about the fistula that I was told may form because of the abscess. What would be the time away from work if a fistula develops and needs treatments?
Expert:  Internist replied 4 years ago.
A fistula may be more complicated to repair. It may require a seton or thread drain and depending on where it is connecting to, may take a couple of weeks to heal. The surgeon who knows the exact nature of the fistula is the only one that can answer this.


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