An anal fistula is an abnormal tunnel that runs from inside the anus to somewhere in the skin around it. It is usually caused by abscesses in the anal glands or an infection that did not heal correctly.
A perianal fistula can be short and superficial, not involving the anal sphincter. It can also be long and deep, involving just the internal anal sphincter, or it can involve both anal sphincters.
Most fistulas are low arising from low within the anal canal. Rarely fistulas are high, arising from above the anal canal. We can assist with anal fistulas treatment based on your situation.
Anal Fistulas Classification
Anal fistulas can be classified as simple or complex:
Simple fistulas - Are those with a single tract that involves less than 30-50% of the external anal sphincter.
Complex fistulas - Are those with multiple tracts, those that involve more than 30-50% of the external sphincter, those that involve the anterior half of the, any fistula as a result of radiation or Crohn’s disease, and those arising in someone with already compromised sphincter function.
Anal fistulas occur when an anal abscess bursts into the tissues surrounding the anus. Though the condition is more common in younger people, anal fistulas can occur at any age. Their exact cause is not known. Smoking and Crohn’s disease have both been shown to increase the risk of developing a fistula. We can offer you more information on what causes anal fistulas based on your condition.
Anal Fistulas Symptoms
At NAHC Calgary, we treat all types of anal fistulas through naturopathic methods.
Benefits of our naturopathic treatments are:
For more information about the approach of our anal fistulas treatment, request an appointment.