An Anal Fistula is a recurrent infection affecting the anus and occasionally the lower rectum. It causes considerable discomfort and disability to the sufferer of this chronic condition.
As stated earlier, anal fistulas and anal abscesses are two different cases in the spectrum of a common infective condition affecting the anus. Therefore, a patient with an anal fistula will often recount a history of an anal abscess that has been drained either surgically or spontaneously.
The general principles of fistula management are to:
Lay Open Technique