I had the Fistula plug surgery done in Portland, Oregon on 2/21/08, and it was successful. I am now 3 weeks post oprerative, I feel great however; I am still sore but manageable. I don't, however, have Chron's Disease so, I think that made my recovery better. It helps to have an excellent Colon/Rectal Surgeon which, I have and I am extremely lucky. I have to say the worst part is the prep and after that it is a cake walk. So, don't fear what other have said and have faith in your doctor, and listen to what all the Post Op instructions are. If, you follow those you will be just fine. I was able to work from home for two weeks, and I was able to walk, sit, stand. I did have a housekeeper for a couple of weeks, and my Husband helped out quite a bit.
Most importantly ask the health care professionals all the questions you can. They will answer them and put you at ease.
Post Edited (debk) : 3/18/2008 4:56:50 PM (GMT-6)
You really need to double check your spelling.
Hi everyone. I´m new to the site and I´m glad I found a place where I can talk about this without being embarrassed.
I´ve been struggling with a horseshoe-shaped fistula for 10 years. It has been giving me abscesses and coming back and forth for quite a while and I must confessed I´m really sad and depressed about it.
I´ve been treated by 4 different doctors already - one gave me the fibrin glue repair (which probably worked for a while since I had a 5-year "remission period" but, since 2008, I´ve been having an average of 2 abscesses per year.
Last year I had to change doctors again (mine was on vacation when crisis came up) and the new guy found the fistula route. He put me on a seton drain (I guess that´s the name)and I felt fine for 6 months. Last january he felt I was ready for trying to close again, and I had surgery to put the fistula plug.
My first 5 weeks promised a lot - it didn´t fall, the healing was going according to what was expected, and I was full of hope. And then yesterday I noticed that the region around the plug was kind of swollen. I´m going to see my doctor tomorrow and I´m terrified at the prospective of hearing it didn´t work and I´m sick again.
Has anyone gone through a similar thing? Should I consider this a fail already?
wayne 25, I read your story about your fistula plugs did you have the seton first?