What is Fistula in Ano?

A fistula-in-ano is an abnormal tract with an external opening in the perianal area that is communicating with the rectum or anal canal by an identifiable internal opening. Most fistulas are thought to arise as a result of cryptoglandular infection with a resultant perirectal abscess.

Treatment of anal fistulas depends on their location and complexity. When considering surgery, the ultimate goal is to protect the sphincter muscle and prevent recurrence of an anal fistula. 

LIFT (ligation of internal fistula tract) technique is yet another approach in treating a fistula-in-ano.

The Technique

LIFT procedure is based on the secure closure of the internal opening and removal of infected cryptoglandular tissue through the intersphincteric approach. The LIFT technique is often performed for complex or deep fistulas. The procedure allows the surgeon to access the fistula between the sphincter muscles and avoid cutting them.

  • Minimally invasive procedure for fistula in ano
  • Very little risk of incontinence
  • Very little risk of recurrence
  • A safe and effective method of treatment
  • No need of repeated dressing
  • No scarring of tissue
  • Early return to work
  • Minimal pain