Placing a surgical band, or seton, into and around the fistula to allow for proper drainage and promotion of healing.
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.
When fistulae develop, this can require immediate medical attention, or fistula procedures, to prevent infection, worsening disease and sepsis.
Common surgeries for fistulae may include:
Written by Tina Aswani Omprakash. Medically reviewed and validated by Jordan Axelrad, MD, MPH. These webpages are funded by a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.