VAAFT Surgery : Video Assisted Anal Fistula Treatment

VAAFT Surgery : Video Assisted Anal Fistula Treatment

Today we have a new minimal-access technique to address complex, recurrent and high fistulas.

What is an Anal Fistula ?

An anal fistula is an abnormal connection between the anal canal and the outer skin of the anus.

Fistulas occur when an infected anal gland bursts into the anal canal internally, and then becomes a conduit for pus discharge to the anal skin area.

Fistulas show up with pus discharge in the anal area (a ‘wet feeling’ at the anal area). They may also go through periods of pus discharge and quiet periods when there are no symptoms.

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What is VAAFT Surgery ?

VAAFT or Video Assisted Anal Fistula Treatment is a minimal access treatment.

In VAAFT Surgery :

1. A fine endoscope is passed up the fistula after the patient is anaesthetized.

2. The internal opening or openings are identified and closed with the help of a surgical stapler.

3. Then the entire tract is sealed off with a small electric current and then the tract is obliterated with fibrin or cynaoacrylate glue.

 

 

Advantages of VAAFT Surgery

1. Since VAAFT is a minimal access surgical procedure,  it does not leave behind a large wound in the anorectal area.

2. The risk of incontinence is almost nil as the procedure does not involve cutting the muscles.

3. The VAAFT procedure is a day care surgery . Patients are discharged on the same day (after a few hours of observation).

 

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