Can I go swimming with a seton?

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   Posted 6/10/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had a seton for a little over a year now and I've held off on swimming, which is one of my favorite summertime activities.  I'm losing hope that this fistula is going to close and I'm starting to think I'll have this seton for the long haul.  Do any of you go swimming with a seton and does it give you any problems (ie infections, etc)?

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   Posted 6/10/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I held off for a long time too (I wondered about putting germs in the water) but when I talk to to a friend about it she just said "what do you think they use chlorine for?" I decided that was an excellent point (for heavens sake we all know kids pee in pools all the time!) I went ahead and went swimming and it was fine. Nothing happened. I even did the water park thing with slides and wave pool...I had a blast!

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   Posted 6/10/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh--I also did get dunked in a lake and the lake water had no ill effect either.

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   Posted 6/10/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I go swimming in the pool and lake all summer long with my seton, with my surgeon's permission. :) A fistula is an open loop, so I don't think you really have any risk of infection. Now, when I had just an abscess drained and was left open to heal from the inside out, I was allowed to swim, b the fistula is different.

I have never had any problems. Enjoy swimming!!!

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   Posted 6/10/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I also had my surgeon's permission and swam laps all summer.
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--stuck on methylprednisolone, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08, started Xifanan 5/24/08 
--single mom to 10-yr-old girl

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   Posted 6/10/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it depends on how "clean" your fistula is. It might be a good idea to check with your doc first.
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