Charcoal dressings can help filter any smell. The stent can stay in permanently. If the fistula is in the pelvic area, you may feel embarrassed or nervous about this. These may include an ultrasound, which creates an image of the anal area using sound waves. Surgery to create a stoma If the fistula involves part of the bowel, you may need an operation to bring an opening of the bowel onto the skin of the tummy abdomen.
Fistulas are more common in the pelvic area but can happen in different parts of the body.
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Radiotherapy and chemotherapy together chemoradiation may also increase risk. Considering all of these, makes one-stage repair more logical and ethical and less critical. If you are at home and need help with this, a district nurse will be able to visit you and provide support. You may feel anxious, embarrassed or depressed because of your fistula. Only one case of rectovestibular fistula was excluded from the study group due to obstructive symptoms impaction and obstruction of a narrow fistula tract by meconium that did not respond to bougienage and dilatation. It is usually an outpatient procedure.