Information for Patients
Benign Anorectal Diseases
Perianal abscesses are pockets of infection that can arise around the anus. Most cases can be treated and cured with a small operation, although occasionally the infection is very extensive and complicated. Fistulas may develop in some of these cases. A fistula is a tract that develops around the anal canal, and these can cause persistent dirty discharge from the skin around the anus. Some patients, who develop complicated fistulas and extensive pockets of infection, may need multiple operations to deal with the problem before they are cured.
An anal fissure is a tear along the lining of the anus. In some cases, the fissure fails to heal completely, leading to chronic anal pain and discomfort to the patient. Treatment of fissures may be medical or surgical. Your colorectal surgeon would be able discuss in detail the recommended treatment option.
For more information, please consult Dr Kevin Sng.