Abscess drainage is performed when a collection of pus develops from Crohn’s disease or a surgical complication. The abscess often needs to be lanced and drained by a gastroenterologist or surgeon.
Depending on the complexity and size of the abscess, a drain may have to be left in for some time to allow the collected fluid and infection to dissipate.
Fistula Procedures: when fistulae develop, this can require immediate medical attention to prevent infection, worsening disease and sepsis. Common surgeries for fistulae may include:
Placing a surgical band, or seton, into and around the fistula to allow for proper drainage and promotion of healing.
Diverting the portion of the intestine that is fistulizing to create a temporary ostomy. This allows stool to bypass the fistula via the ostomy site to promote healing. The temporary stoma created via diversion may or may not be reversible depending on the patient’s individual situation.
Opening the fistula up with an incision along its length to allow it to drain and heal.
Placing a medical plug or glue to seal the fistula so there is an opportunity for it to heal.