I saw my doctor today and he told me I was finally going on Remicade (pending insurance approval). I asked him a bunch of questions and then finally asked him, "so, assuming I respond well to the medication, how long will it be before I can get the setons out". "A couple of months, at best" was his reply.
I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach. My mistake (as an aside, Straydog, I should have listened) was that I got my hopes up. I was thinking like maybe in a few weeks they could be gone. I can't live like this much more (daily, constant pain since April). My ass hurts all the time. I work in an office, sitting at a desk. It's just not possible and the sad part is that I'm so, so, so much better than I was before the surgery, but I'm not all the way better. So that's my pessimistic lesson for the day - with this disease, I'm going to stop hoping and just move on to coping.
As an aside, I asked him if he ever performed seton surgery and he said something to the effect of "hell no" and I just said to him, "you know, it's amazing to me what they do and how many knots are in there. Couldn't they use some type of surgical apoxy or something else to hold the setons together? Has anyone given any consideration to the minimal number of knots necessary to sufficiently hold the setons together? I've got knots like every 1/8th of an inch. Clearly, an engineer didn't design this?" He looked at me and said, "you know, I never thought about that" and I replied, "you haven't had a knotted string in your ass for 2 months".