I have had lots of abscesses and fistulas. I was introduced to my 1st seton last year and I am on my 3rd one now. At 1st I was so freaked out that something was left in my body. (My 1st surgeon did not explain it very well.) I was even afraid to go to the bathroom and get it dirty. I am a germophobe so it really freaked me out. A seton keeps the fistula open so it drains instead of closing and forming abscesses inside the "tunnel". I also had the fistula plug but it failed. I am thinking about trying it again since this fistula seems to be closing around the drain and is not oozing too badly. That may be because I am on remicade now.
It feels wierd at 1st but you get used to it. I have days when it is a little more tender or sore (not sure if you are male or female and I apologize in advance for this stmt.if you are male )
but during my time of the month, for example, it seems more sore.My drain does rub agst. a skin tag, too and some days it is more painful but if I eat right and don't get constipated, my tags don't bother me too much.
You can be sore from the abscess surgery but after about 2 weeks, I am back to normal-even working out. The seton doesn't make the surgery worse or more painful, IMO. The fistula is supposed to heal around it.
I do work part time now-that is really a cleanliness issue for me. I keep a gauze in my butt cheek to absorb any drainage (there is a slight odor from the drainage). I want my sitz bath by the time my day is over and at that point it feels good to soak.
Not sure what else to tell you but feel free to ask more or email me if you have any other questions.
36 year old female. Dx'd and undx'd a few times. Was just redx'd again 04/2007.
History of rectal abscesses and fistulas (28 surgeries including abscess I & D, exploratory surgeries, 2 C-ton drains and 1 fistula plug) Count does not include self bursting abscesses.
1st Remicade infusion 6/5/07. Lots of joint pain, and a new fistula since the 2nd infusion 6/19.
Praying I'll get better soon so we can have a baby.