Welcome to our little corner of rainbows, unicorns, puppies and also diseases and other good stuffs. Sorry to hear you’ve not had much info from your surgeon. Not surprusing with NHS these days.
I’ll try to answer your questions as much as my knowledge and experience allows. I currently have three draining setons for a complex fistula. Have had them for over two months. I also have Crohn’s disease and it’s absolutely imperative any underlying condition is treated along with the fistulas.
Now to your questions:
1. Depends on if the fistulas has healed. Yoy’ve not mentioned any underlying conditiins so it’s possible. For CD it’s often there for years. But changed and cleaned regularly. Your surgeon should have asvised if it’s a check up or removal date, sorry.
2. You will no by the drainage changing (cour, texture), decreasing and eventually stopping.
3. Hmmm I’m not sure, others will advise though. I know mine will be eventually removed under GA as they always reexamine and change/remove them under GA.
sounds like the knot might be bothering the entry site. You can try moving it gently out. Hot shower/bath makes it easier. Only one of my three setons still gives me some pain when it rubs or gets stuck. I have a ladybits fistula though so slightly different.
5. You definitely can but the question is whether it’s a good idea or not. Tbud againdepends onj derlying conditions and why the seton is in in the first place.
6. Well... keep it clean and dry but there’s not much else you cando unfortunately.
Oh btw, I find it rather strange that there’s no check up scheduled for you in a month’s time. Like with other minor surgeries. Might be my experience only.
Happy to read your story if you’re willing to share.
Hope you soon feel better with your temporary friend.