Ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract compared with advancement flap for complex anorectal fistulas requiring initial seton drainage

Mushaya, Chrispen, Bartlett, Lynne, Schulze, Bettina, and Ho, Yik-Hong (2012) Ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract compared with advancement flap for complex anorectal fistulas requiring initial seton drainage. American Journal of Surgery, 204 (3). pp. 283-289.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) is a relatively new surgical technique for treating complex anorectal fistulas.

METHODS: LIFT was compared with anorectal advancement flap management (ARAF) of complex anorectal fistulas requiring previous seton drainage. Crohn's patients were excluded. Patients with no confirmed recurrent sepsis after 6 months were randomized to day surgery performance of LIFT (25; 17 male) or ARAF (14; 10 male) with removal of the seton. Outcome measures included recurrences, surgical time, complications, hospital readmissions, and fecal incontinence.

RESULTS: LIFT was 32.5 minutes shorter than ARAF (P < .001). Complications were similar, with no hospital readmissions. Return to normal activities was 1 week for LIFT patients, 2 weeks for ARAF patients (P = .016). At 19 months there were 3 recurrences (2 in the LIFT group). One ARAF patient had minor incontinence.

CONCLUSIONS: The LIFT procedure was simple, safe, shorter, and patients returned to work earlier. All patients had preliminary seton drainage, possibly contributing to the low recurrence rates.

Item ID: 22921
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: complex anorectal fistulas; preliminary seton drainage
ISSN: 1879-1883
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2012 12:10
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110307 Gastroenterology and Hepatology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920105 Digestive System Disorders @ 100%
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