I had it done and it was unsuccessful. Once the plug incorporated itself into my body, I got 2 abcesses and a new fistula in another spot. I got another fistula in the same spot where the plug is a year later-to the day. Strange but true!
My surgeon did not think I had CD so he did the surgery agst. the wishes of my gastro who really believed it was crohn's. It is much more successful in patients who do not have CD.
It caused a lot of unecessary problems for me and I was out of work for 4 months due to the 2 abscesses and 2 inch fissure I got as a result of the infection going to a different spot since the original fistula was plugged.
Again , if I did not have CD, it probably would have been successful-that is basically what the surgeon said, also.
Best of luck to your BF!
36 year old female. Dx'd and undx'd a few times. Was just redx'd again 04/2007.
History of rectal abscesses and fistulas (28 surgeries including abscess I & D, exploratory surgeries, 2 C-ton drains and 1 fistula plug) Count does not include self bursting abscesses.
1st Remicade infusion 6/5/07. Lots of joint pain, and a new fistula since the 2nd infusion 6/19.
Praying I'll get better soon so we can have a baby.