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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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 Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||complex anorectal fistulas; preliminary seton drainage|
|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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