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Surgery or Not to Surgery....

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  • Posted By: Brazzbee
  • September 24, 2013
  • 08:32 PM

Two years ago, I developed a deep, complex, perirectal abscess which has required five surgeries, seton drains, penrose drains, 5-day hospital stay on IV antibiotics, and at least 8 additional recurrences that drained at home with much soaking and TLC. The penrose drains (one on each side of my rectum) created, I think, a bit of a fistula where the yucky stuff could drain out more easily. The last 4 recurrences have been on the opposite side of my rectum and have actually drained from the inside and outside (where the drain used to be). I have had, in between these surgeries, a chronic wound on the inside that is miserable and causes "leaking" of...well, you know. I was recently tested for Crohn's Disease and do not have that. I've had blood tests, MRI, CAT scan, Colonoscopy and LOTS of rectal exams--YUCK! My colorectal surgeon is suggesting going in and possibly plugging the fistula or maybe using a seton. My last surgery was one year ago to debride my chronic wound. It didn't work. Not sure if I want to go through that again--HELP, Please....:confused:

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