What is video-assisted anal fistula treatment (VAAFT)?

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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Video-assisted anal fistula treatment (VAAFT) shows promise for safely and effectively managing perianal fistulas, regardless of comorbidity, underlying pathology, or type of fistula. [52, 53] Recurrence after VAAFT may be related to previous fistula surgery and the method of closure of the internal opening (eg, using staplers, after suturing, after advancement flap). [53]

In some cases, staged surgery is needed to repair an anal fistula.

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