HELP ..fistual seton..
Im a 33 yr old male, I had an abcess drained march 2008, the wound was left open and packed daily for 2 weeks.everything seemed ok, then i started to leak and continued for several months, i was addmitted to hospital 5 days ago for an opp. ive had what i believe to be a seton placed where the the puss was leaking. i have been in real bad pain since especially when i need to go for a number 2..the hospital have not been much help in explaining what ive had done.. i visited my GP yesterday. who was not much help either. he drew a diagram of this seton.which looked like a braid or string with beads on. so if anybody could help explain what this is, amd more importantly what it does, and how long will this horrible pain last, i would be very thankful for your help..
Post Edited (bad bum bob) : 1/13/2009 3:36:21 PM (GMT-7)
.Thanks for reply.
my seton has 2 peices of like plastic string protruding. i will try reposting,, thanks again
hi there, just read your comment there bob, im exactly same. got c tons in jan had 2 rather big abcesss in my rear end. now we are into april they are still draining. was at hospital last wk with pain they had no answers why i am so sore they told me to take painkillers regulary. ive another op early may. i was hoping i would be pain free and it would all be over by summer but reading other peoples stories there it could be a while. anyone with advice or lenght of healing please get on touch. oh yea i go to my GPthis is all new so they cant help.
Welcome to the Forum! I am so sorry you are experiencing this! The length of healing depends on how big the abscess and incision are. I had a large abscess in the perineum area and it took nearly 4 months to close. Leaving the wound open to heal from the inside out really is the best procedure even though it can be a bit scary to see such a large wound. Leaving it open will prevent nasty things from getting trapped. I am sorry you are in pain! Don't feel badly about taking pain meds. Being stressed and in pain can slow healing, so take what you need to be relax and be comfortable. These things take such time and we really need to be patient.
Unfortunately, people with Crohn's heal more slowly, and the area of the abscess doesn't help either. Keeping it really clean and taking 3-4 sitz baths (sitting in the tub in hot water for at least 10 minutes) will help promote healing. Make sure you are eating a lot of protein too because that promotes healing too.
The draining will continue because that is what the seton does. Once the wound heals, the setons will still allow stuff to drain out from your rectum. While this sounds gross, if the stuff didn't drain out it would get caught and abscess again. Also, make sure you don't delay in calling your doctor if something is going in the wrong direction or if you have questions. That is what they are there for and they deal with these things daily and will help you deal with it.
I suggest you search past posts for a lot of good ideas about enduring these times. Let us know how it goes for you!
fallcolors or anyone out there,
do any of you know what actually causes these abcess' i have been reading some of posts some people it seems to be crohns is that mostly the case. i know im not the healthiest, i put it down to not eating my fruit and veg being run down, but most of time fruit and nice healthy foods that i would eat in salad for example never agree with me giving me cramps and diahorrea. so it can be hard to be healthy.
just while your there has anyone been in and out of work with pain and operations of abbcess', im due 2nd op told going to need 3rd. now work are sending for my medical records. is this just how it will be for a while?????
Post Edited (pupster) : 4/28/2009 4:08:08 AM (GMT-6)