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J Med Assoc Thai. 2007 Mar;90(3):581-6.

Total anal sphincter saving technique for fistula-in-ano; the ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract.

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  • 1Division of Colorectal Surgery, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe a new technique for fistula-in-ano surgery aimed at total sphincter preservation, and evaluate the preliminary results concerning non-healing and intact anal function.

MATERIAL AND METHOD:

A prospective observational study in eighteen fistula-in-ano patients treated by ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) technique, from January to June 2006.

RESULTS:

Fistula-in-ano in seventeen patients healed primarily (94.4%). There was one non-healing case (5.6%). The mean healing time was four weeks. None had disturbances in clinical anal continence.

CONCLUSION:

The early outcome of the LIFT technique is quite impressive. Results warrant a larger study with long-term evaluation. This technique has the potential to become a viable option for fistula-in-ano surgery.

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17427539
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