Anal Fistula - Overview / Treatment
Anal fistula is defined as the abnormal communication between the skin around the anus and the rectum(terminal part of the bowel).
Fistulae usually arise weeks or months after an inflammation around the anus, called perianal abscess.
Symptoms include a purulent discharge, itching and redness of the surrounding skin.
Anal fistulae can be very troublesome and difficult to treat due to their location and relation to the bowel. That is why they often tend to reccur after several treatments.
Treatment with VAAFT/LASER
The VAAFT technique(Video-Assisted Anal Fistula Treatment) is a new and pioneer technique to treat anal fistulae using a state-of-the-art, cutting-edge endoscopic and laser technology.
This method is a minimally invasive, painless, bloodless and generally trouble-free therapy that offers high success rate and extremely low recurrence and complication rate.
The equipment is comprised of a 5mm telescope connected via fiber optic cable to a high-definition monitor. The scope is inserted into the fistula tract and the operating surgeon is able to perform debridement and laser coagulation under direct vision.
The great advantages of the VAAFT/LASER method are summarized as follows:
- Minimal pain and skin incisions/scars
- Very high success rate
- Extremely Low complication rate
- No need for long-term, daily wound dressings and wound care
- Faster recovery and healing