another question for those who have dealt with absess, fistula, and setons

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 3/1/2010 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone-
I feel bad for always posting questions on here, but here's another one!
My cutting seton fell out a few weeks ago and in the beginning I felt really good down there. Had a follow up with the doc who didn't want to see me again for a few weeks, to continue to allow healing. He seemed surprised that I was still having some drainage at that time.
It's been out about three weeks, and I've still got some drainage- not a lot, but enough that I still need to use the gauze pads. I have a tiny hole to the side of where my incision was, I guess a fisutla, but there is nothing draining from that. I do still have a bump where the seton was, which I think is mostly scar tissue but it sometimes still has an ache, like it did when the seton was in. There also seems to be some scar tissue just inside the anus that is really hard to clean after a BM- even with a shower spray or squirt bottle. I always have more drainage after a BM and the scar tissue spot feels more sensitive then as well.

My question is does it seem like the scar tissue or whatever is left in there could be still creating some sort of pocket of infection that has to keep draining? I'm thinking like diverticulitis but just right there at the end of the anus?
Should I call my doc and schedule an appointment for this week?
Thanks for any thoughts...

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Date Joined Feb 2010
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   Posted 3/1/2010 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I am pretty new here and just got a Seton put in.  I would check with your doctor just to be safe and explain everything to him/her.  I am currently healing but the area where my Seton comes out is like bubbling/blistering inside the wound..I have no idea if that is normal or why it is happening.  I plan on going back to the Dr.  My advice is when in doubt just go in for a check. 

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   Posted 3/3/2010 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I may try and call and talk to his nurse, although she is usually not very helpful. He's hard to get into see, and since he counts as a specialist, it costs $75 just to walk in the door... but I'll happily pay it if I don't feel better, I just feel like I'm hyper vigilant since all this stuff.
The spot that is bothering me too is where the seton came out- when it was in it was irritated too- and who knows what my tissues in there look like.
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