Hello from the land of setons!
Another note about the "cutting seton" that might help people understand how it works and why it is done is something my surgeon explained to me:
Think of it like a piece of string cutting through a block of ice. When they tighten it, it is a gradual cut, like shaving a piece of ice with a string. It is done so that the muscle is not destroyed and the patient does not become incontintent.
I have done a lot of research and have had several discussions with several Drs. regarding procedures for fistulas. you would think they would have some better ideas for us by now. It seems so Frankenstein like.......
37 year old female. Dx'd and undx'd a few times. Was just redx'd again 04/2007.
History of rectal abscesses and fistulas (29 surgeries including abscess I & D, exploratory surgeries, 4 C-ton drains and 1 fistula plug) Have also had several self bursting abscesses.
1st Remicade infusion 6/5/07-still taking it. Praying I'll get better soon so we can have a baby.