I am new to this forum and am suffering from a fistula and fissure.
So far what I have read has kind of helped me understand what a Seton is, but I'm still quite nervous about
this procedure coming up on Monday 4/20/09.
I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas of questions that I should ask my doctor before the surgery. Or maybe someone can give me a run down of what all is involved.
This is the basic story of how this came about
and what my Dr. has told me:
I had 2 REALLY painful anal fissures in 2005. I did not know what was going on for MONTHS and I suffered terribly for wayyy too long before I did anything about
it. I finally was diagnosed and given .02% Nitro which seemed to have taken care of the problem. Shortly thereafter though, I formed a very large sore on my butt cheek. It would become VERY painful and then it would leak and feel a bit better for a few days. The process would repeat itself over and over. I thought it was some sort of hemorrhoid that was in the wrong place and just dealt with it for several years now. :(
I finally went to the doctor last week and was told it was a fistula as well as another fissure. I was also told that I need surgery requiring anesthesia and that the Dr. will go in and evaluate the situation and put a Seton in at the same time. The dr. told me that some ppl choose to leave the Seton in instead of getting the 2nd surgery. She told me that if I choose this option, I would have to have the Seton in for the rest of my life???!!!!
I am VERY frightened by this thought and I don't really understand how this "string" is attached on the outside and how far it will "hang" out of my butt, etc... VERY scary thought! Is this Seton the ONLY remedy at this stage? Is there something else that can be done 1st? How do I go to the bathroom? How do I wipe? Does it hurt? How much pain will I be in after the surgery? How long is my recovery time? These are some of the questions that come to my mind.
The other option for the 2nd surgery didn't sound much better, as she told me most likely they would have to cut my sphincter muscle and that that COULD (and most likely WOULD) cause me to have incontinence the rest of my life!! ??
Is this accurate?? This sounds VERY disturbing!!
Can someone fill me in a little more about
PS - I'm having an Upper GI Small bowel follow through done this Friday to check to see if I have chrones. Which is also EXTREMELY scary to me! I have heard HORROR stories about
Any help is GREATLY appreciated!
Thanks in advance,