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How is a fistulotomy performed?

During a fistulotomy, the physician surgically opens the fistula, flushes out its contents, and stitches it open or leaves it as is to heal. Part of the surgery usually requires cutting a small section of anal control muscles. Depending on the location of the fistula, there is some risk of developing minor fecal incontinence, however skilled surgery will minimize damage to this area.

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