Seton not draining, abscessed

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   Posted 8/10/2010 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I had two Setons placed on Friday 8/6/10. They are not draining and I have abscessed. I have an appt w/ CR Surgeon today at 10 a.m. Does anyone know what they do in these situations? This is more painful than my fistula was. Well, more painful than the fistula was when it was not abscessed.   

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   Posted 8/10/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Ouch. My guess would be that they'd do another examination, and maybe insert another seton, but I could be wrong. They might want to put you on antibiotics too.

Yes, abscesses are painful, aren't they. My heart goes out to you.

Please let us know what the surgeon says.

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   Posted 8/11/2010 3:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, Ivy. They did a very painful exam and determined my skin is irritated by the setons and swelled up around them. This keeps them from draining. I have an MRI on Thursday to determine if there are any abscesses. This feels just like when I get my abscesses. I currently am on 500mg Cipro twice a day. I am starting to think maybe I should not have had this procedure. At least the abscess pain would only last a couple of days with the fistula. This pain is constant and does not let up. I have to go back to work on the 20th. Can't afford not to, but I have no idea how I am going to sit all day.

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   Posted 8/11/2010 4:08 AM (GMT -7)   
firecracker1~sorry you are in such pain sad

If you are having a reaction to the seton have your doc try a different type of material. I think there are a few they can try when this happens.

Good Luck
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   Posted 8/12/2010 5:06 AM (GMT -7)   
OHIO76-- Thank you for that suggestion. I never thought to ask about that. I am supposed to return to work on Friday 8/20, but this pain is too severe to sit all day. I have a dr appt on Monday 8/16 and will ask the dr to change the materials. I wonder if that would mean another surgery under general anesthesia? I would love it if they would take these out because even w/o the pain they are very uncomfortable. They catch on everything!
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