Fistula Plug??

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   Posted 5/3/2011 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
A little back story I've had Crohn's for 5yrs and fistulas and abcesses since then. I've had a Colostomy for 3yrs. I have a little active crohn's today in the rectum and still two open fistula tracks that never closed. I would like to one day have my ostomy reversed but it seems to be less and less likely.

My GI surgeon says that there really isn't anything left to try this is my life and there is nothing else they can do. Well I basically told him I am not giving up and am going to try anything. He said we could do a fistula plug as those would have to heal before any takedown ever occurred. He said while it probably wont work there is no harm in trying.

Next Monday I go in for the plug, I was wondering if anyone else has had a fistula plug? What should I expect? Healing time? Anything I should Know?

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 5/6/2011 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   

You may want to ask this on the Crohn's forum, too. I attempted advancement flaps several times, but my rectal disease was too extensive and my surgeon wouldn't finish the surgery because it would have failed:( Plugs are a little different, though, so you never know!
formally known as OHIO76 ~ honoring my daughter's passion!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!
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