Posted 5/29/2014 9:58 AM (GMT -7)
Well, I don't want to scare you, but mine didn't heal correctly and I developed a fistula. The fistula had probably already formed prior to me having the abscess drained, though. However, it never again hurt like the abscess did -- I had issues with drainage and stuff, but nothing major, until I had fistula repair surgery.
I had the LIFT procedure done, and that did take care of the existing fistula tract -- the external opening of it was fairly far from my anus. However, because the internal opening of the fistula was so large (and that tissue is fairly had to repair), I now have a very, very short fistula that is where the surgeon made the incision during the LIFT procedure. However, it's just outside my anus and really causes no problems. I just have to wipe carefully (and generally use a baby wipe) after a BM, and that's it.
So basically, it's not a big deal at all.