At times, one of our anal glands creates an abscess. It can drain out on its own or surgical treatment may also be needed in order to correct it. This can become a fistula at times. A fistula is basically a small tunnel that connects your outer skin to the anal tunnel. The abscess that causes the fistula normally happens when the glands in our anal areas get infected. Fistulas may also happen because of –
Normally when you have anal fistula doctors would ask you to get it surgically treated. However, it is not the best choice because normally it has been seen that even after surgery such as VAAFT (video-assisted anal fistula treatment) people tend to suffer from issues such as fecal incontinence.
In about 20 percent of cases where surgery is done to treat anal fistula scars are formed on your operated area. As far as Ayurveda is concerned, Ksharsutra treatment is recommended in order to cure such ailments.
In this kind of treatment, Ksharsutra, which is basically a medical thread, is placed in your fistula tract.
This thread releases medicines that are supposed to debride said track and start the process of healing. This medicine is functional for a period of 5 to 7 days. So after each week, the thread has to be replaced by a new one. The number of such threads you need in order to heal fully is dependent on factors such as length, branching pattern, and depth of the fistula. Normally, it has been seen that the rate of healing in these cases varies between 0.5 and 1 cm for each thread.
This means that if your fistula tract is 3 cm long it would need around 4 to 6 changes of the medical thread in order for you to heal completely.
In itself, Ksharsutra treatment happens to be a sort of OPD (outpatient department) treatment. So, in this case, there is no need for you to be hospitalized or even rest on your bed for days. Even during the treatment, you can continue with the kind of work that you do on a regular basis. In this case, you would not experience issues such as recurrence, post-operative bleeding, and stool incontinence as such.
It will heal your anal fistula completely. The ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) has conducted a number of clinical trials at the AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) New Delhi. Following these trials, it has stated quite clearly that Ksharsutra treatment has a higher chance of success and convenience compared to surgery as far as anal fistula is concerned. This is the reason why it can be said without a shadow of a doubt that the Ayurvedic method of Ksharsutra treatment remains the best option for treating anal fistula.