DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2349-2902.isj20174882

A comparative study between fistulotomy and fistulectomy in management of low anal fistulae

Ganesan R., Karunakaran K., Heber Anandan

Abstract


Background: Fistula in ano is a silent menace in human beings, the treatment is a challenging one even for experienced surgeons, fistula in ano forms a good majority of treatable benign lesions of rectum and anal canal. Aim was to study the efficacy of fistulotomy and fistulectomy in the treatment of low anal fistulae.

Methods: A randomized control study was conducted to compare fistulotomy with fistulectomy in patients with low anal fistulae.

Results: The operating time in fistulotomy group was 12.13minutes±2.11minutes and in fistulectomy group was 22.23±3.36minutes. The post-surgery hospital stays in Group I was 1.80±0.66days and in Group II was 2.60±0.563 days. The wound healing time in Group I was 24.20±2.95 days which was considerably less when compared to patients in Group II where it was 31.50±4.34 days.

Conclusions: Fistulotomy has a slight edge over fistulectomy in the treatment of low anal fistulas since it has shorter operating time, less post-operative pain, less complications, quicker wound healing time, less incontinence and a comparable recurrence rate.


Keywords


Fistula-in-Ano, Low anal fistulae

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