I have tried no meds at all since 1997 as I have had no fistulas or crohns activity.
You said your doc said they would close on there own with remicade and humira he is right but the key word is close not go away.
my doc explained that they will be closed and stay in active/dried up in 1/3 of people using remicade and humira but never go away.
My doc is the head of Meyerhof Gastro wing at JHU he is world renowned teaching doctor of IBD and Crohns.
After my surgery I had 9 doctors (all on leave from their practice for training) around my bed and my doc was the teacher for the other doc's (Theodore Bayles is my doc goggle him) NJ is not far from Baltimore JHU if you could get there I would recommend it.
I'm not sure of the mesh plug did he mention a seaton that is a rubber band that help keep the fistula from closing and lets it drain. Supplies are expensive with out insurance each wafer cost 5-6$ and come in box of 5 and box of 10 and like I said you use one every 3 days. I use ConvaTec brand for 10 years…their factory is in Princeton NJ look them up online.
Side note, there are places that take donated medical supplies from people who
no longer have a need for them and these places will be able to help you out
if you have no insurance, look around online for a place that does this in your area and
hook up with them.
I read a article years back were a lady had no insurance and she was with out
any supplies so she had sat in her tub do to be with out…a charity ostomey supply
group came to her aid.
Post Edited (MDdave) : 12/29/2007 11:30:11 AM (GMT-7)