Is there anyone out there who has chosen NOT to have surgery - what is your situation ??
And -- if you have had fistula surgery - how was your recovery?
Signed - scared of surgery!
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I have a .75 cm x .75 cm puss/bloody abscess (?) and then some more dense skin behind that puss -- is that likely the fistula track? Or is it just part of the abscess that has yet to turn into puss/blood?
Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:10 AM
Read my post of JUST HAD FISTULA SURGERY.
Look, the abcess won't go away unless the fistula is gone and won't feed the abcess. The abcess for me was very painful. The only was out was the fistula surgery. That surgery was NOTHING. I did not have a seton,it was the type where they slice it open and let it heal. It is the most evasive type but the highest success rate 95% per my surgeon. But I felt nothing right after the surgery and felt 100% that day. It's been 3 weeks since the surgery - very light bleeding on days when I go overboard (Yesterday, I lifted weights - heavy for 1 hour, played 1-1/2 hours of golf and bagged 20 Hefty bags of wood chips from a stump that was ground down. Then I walked 1 mile this morning with a crazy new puppy. That is a lot of stuff for a 49 year old.
But my point, life is pretty normal 1 day after the surgery. You'll bleed and drain few weeks, but that is no problem since the pain is gone. And that terrible hard area I felt inside my BUTT cheek - (whick was the inside of the abcess) next to my anus is completely gone.
So surgery for me was the ONLY way out. Was I freaked out about a surgeon taking a scaple tomy BUTT? You bet -I was crying and scared for the 3 days prior to the surgery. If I had known the surgery was NO BIG DEAL- I would have spared myself a lot of anguish.
The most painful part was actually taking off the tape from the bandage on Day 1. BTW after you remove the bandage on Day 1, you don't need any more bandages. I used a square of toilet paper rolled up to catch any drainage for the fisrt 7 days then nothing at all. Just soak your butt for 15 minutes twice a day.