Anal Fistulas

What Are Anal Fistulas?

An anal fistula is a small tunnel that forms between the skin of the buttocks near the anus and an infected anal gland that, in most cases, was the site of an abscess. Many people with perirectal abscesses will develop a fistula. There is no way to predict who will develop a fistula. Symptoms include a non-healing abscess, drainage or pain. Some people with anal fistulas have other medical problems such as Crohn’s disease.

How Can We Help?

With the exception of Crohn’s disease, an anal fistula is treated with surgery. The surgery is an outpatient procedure performed in the operating room and involves making a small incision in the anal sphincter to open the tunnel. The wound will heal from the inside out.

Who to Contact

Dr. Charlie Jones and Dr. Susan Hagen are general, vascular and thoracic surgeons with over 30 years of experience. To make an appointment, please call 303-443-2123.