What is the role of ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) in the treatment of anal fistulas?

Updated: Nov 09, 2018
  • Author: Bruce M Lo, MD, MBA, CPE, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM, FACHE; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) has also been described, with long-term success rates (> 12 months) of 62%. [49] In this small study, fistula tract lengths greater than 3 cm were noted to have a higher rate of failure with LIFT (odds ratio, 0.55; 95% confidence interval, 0.34-0.88).

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