ANAL ABSCESS / ANAL FISTULA
When the small glands just inside the anus become clogged or infected, this can cause the formation of an infected cavity filled with pus known as an anal abscess. An anal fistula is a tunnel-like lesion that has formed under the skin of the anus, and which connects the infected glands to the abscess, or to the skin of the buttocks near the anal opening. Symptoms of an abscess or fistula include: redness, pain or swelling in the anal area, fatigue, fever or chills, general malaise, draining from an external opening around the anal region, and irritation of the perianal skin.
Surgical drainage is most often the appropriate choice for treatment of an anal abscess. This procedure can be performed either on an outpatient basis with local anesthetic, or (for patients prone to infection) in a hospital facility under general anesthesia. Depending on the nature and severity of each patient’s case, treatment of an anal fistula may involve a surgical procedure known as a fistulotomy, surgical occlusion of the fistula tract, or surgical alteration of the surrounding tissue to close the fistula.
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At Pinnacle Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Dr. Ann L. Kalhorn and Dr. Eugene M. Kim are well respected board certified colon and rectal surgeons. They have received specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions pertaining to the colon, rectum and anus. We work collaboratively with you to ease painful symptoms and ensure the safe and successful resolution of your colorectal issues. If you would like additional information about treatment, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your consultation with Dr. Kalhorn or Dr. Kim.