Experience with Draining Seton after Perianal Fistula diagnosis???? (Crohn's and non Crohn's please)

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Dimitri71
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   Posted 7/21/2017 2:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello dear Co-Sufferrers!!!! I am about to get a draining seton op. I am scared as I have ever been;Can you live with it? Does it improve over time and how quickly ? Anyone who does sports, can you keep on doing them and how quickly?
THANK YOU & GOD BLESS. cry

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scifigal2k
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   Posted 7/21/2017 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Good luck! smile Out of all of my surgeries, the draining seton was by far the easiest. There's pain for a few days after, but eventually it ends up fine. I've now had my fistula for over 5 years. For me, it ended up turning into kind of a piercing - the skin all the way around it healed completely, but the "tunnel" was still there, if that makes sense. I don't even need a seton anymore. But when I had it in, after a few months I barely even noticed it was there.
"For this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it depart from me. He said, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities; I take pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses, for when I am weak, then am I strong" 2 Cor

Dimitri71
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   Posted 9/13/2017 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your comment scifigal...I just saw it because by mistake I had you on my excluded list! now I fixed it though...
I have the seton for one month and 15 days now.
So far everything is going well..
It is draining and cleared more or less an adjacent abscess.
How long did you have the draining seton for?
How did it stop draining? Was it gradual? Did you take medicine as well (do you have Crohn's?)
Thank you so much for your reply.

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scifigal2k
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   Posted 9/13/2017 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Whoops! I've done that before on accident, too. smile

I'm glad it's going well! I had the seton in for about three months the first time, then we took it out when I started Remicade (which I'm still on) to see if it would heal. It did not, and I kept getting c. diff., etc., so we stuck another seton in that I had for probably a good 2-3 years.

I can't remember super well how quickly it stopped draining, I was pretty sick at the time with Crohn's flares, c. diff, and pancreatitis. I was hospitalized 13 times in about a 6 month period, so it's all kind of a blur. I don't remember having to wear pads or anything from it much, though.
"For this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it depart from me. He said, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities; I take pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses, for when I am weak, then am I strong" 2 Cor

Dimitri71
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   Posted 9/14/2017 12:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sfifigal. 13 times in 6 months! that's courage!

scifigal2k
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   Posted 9/14/2017 3:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Not necessarily courage, I didn't have a choice in the matter! ;)
"For this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it depart from me. He said, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities; I take pleasure in infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses, for when I am weak, then am I strong" 2 Cor

Dimitri71
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   Posted 9/20/2017 3:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your help and God bless!
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