Crohn’s Disease ‘Scope Series’: My Painful Fistulotomy

Crohn’s Disease ‘Scope Series’: My Painful Fistulotomy
Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of columns by Mary Horsley about IBD-related procedures. Part onepart two part three and part four are also available. Continuing with the “Scope Series” theme, this column discusses my experience with my second rectal surgery, a fistulotomy. Unlike my perianal abscess, the fistulotomy was a planned surgery due to my Crohn's disease. After my first surgery in the emergency room, I was scheduled for a follow-up appointment six weeks later. This follow-up would review my rectum's progress in healing and determine the next steps needed. During my emergency surgery for the abscess, a fistula was born with the growing infectio
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