An anal fistula is typically perceived as a mass or lump around the anus, distinguished by swelling, inflammation, or pain.
An anal fistula can present in a number of ways, so any of these symptoms may be on the list:
- Itching in the area, known as pruritus ani
- Bleeding in the area
- Discharge from the lump, which may be foul-smelling
- Association with anal abscess, which can include fever and swelling
Anal fistulas are singularly uncomfortable, but they’re not usually dangerous if you can get seen by a trained proctologist sooner rather than later. Most visits are relatively short, and may include non surgical options such as fibrin glue, as well as fistolotomy to help drain and hea the area.
Recovery from anal fistula surgery is slow, but typically shows good results; most patients can return to their lives in a matter of weeks.
To get diagnosed for anal fistula, anal abscess, and other anal diseases, visit the Proctology Institute in Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, or huntington Beach today.