Hey guys so it's my first time on here actually writing something. I think i have read every single forum regarding fistulas and decided i would post my story and see if anyone could offer any information.
So my story started back in March 2017 where I had been suffering with sciatica for a couple of months. I developed a new pain that was deeper than the pain i had from sciatica previously. I went to the ER as i could nearly move because the pain was so bad and i was diagnosed with a herniated disc. I left the hospital feeling rather hopeless and that this was something more but who am I to argue with a radiologist and a doctor.
5 days later i lay in bed and fell asleep for around 20 minutes, woke up because the pain was so excruciating and asked my wife to take me back to the hospital because i felt like something was seriously wrong.
I was admitted to the hospital almost immediately and told i had an abscess! It was huge by this point and had started to develop black spots on my butt cheek. I then got septicemia and was taken in for surgery the next afternoon.
They drained the abscess and left me with a huge
open wound and the surgeon told me i had a fistula but he wasn't willing to do anything with it as it wasn't what he specialised in.
So after 10 days on hospital the next part of this horrible journey started. I found what is believed to be the best colorectal surgeon in Arizona and had a draining seton put in. Some days were really painful other days were painful but bearable. I had that for 8 weeks and then my surgeon did the plug surgery. Again some days I have wanted to die because the pain is so bad but other days have been manageable.
So here is my questions.
Has anyone had this surgery and it's been successful? I'll be honest all i seem to find is stories where it hasn't worked and i need to hear some positive things about
this. I had the surgery for the plug 6 weeks ago almost, the draining has decreased and i have passed 2 stitches through the fistula (that wasn't funny)
What are things to look for that suggest it is successful and what are the signs it has failed?
I'm dreading being told i need to have another surgery as the next one he will try is going to be the flap. This has taken its toll on me mentally, physically and emotionally. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.
Please offer me advice and postive things would be great. I have a lot of things going on right now so good news would be like music to my ears