Fistula in Thibodaux, LA

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A fistula occurs when there is an unnatural opening between two hollow pouches in the body. These tunnels can develop from inflammation, injury, disease, or can be surgically induced for medical reasons. Multiple kinds of fistulae can form throughout a person's body and are often grouped into one of four variations:

  • Intestinal: a connection among two different parts of the intestine
  • Extraintestinal: a connection between a portion of the intestine to another organ in the body
  • Complex: multiple connections, affecting more than one organ
  • External: a connection between a section of the GI tract to the skin

Fistulae that develop in gastrointestinal organs can affect a patient's health and wellness in many ways. If you or a member of your family need treatment for a fistula, our Thibodaux, LA providers are here to help. Request a consultation with a GI specialist at a Digestive Health Center location in your community to get personalized care for a fistula.

Different factors can cause the formation of a fistula, like location and type. Generally, the common causes of fistula formation include:

  • Injury
  • Certain diseases (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Infection
  • Being born with a fistula
  • Complication from surgery

The symptoms of a fistula differ based on the type and how it was developed. Some symptoms of fistulae impacting the gastrointestinal organs can include:

  • Malnutrition
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Dehydration
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Elevated heart rate

The treatment your GI provider may recommend will depend on the location and severity of your fistula. In some patients, fistulae resolve and close on their own, without medical intervention. In other cases, fistulae need to be addressed surgically or with medication. Consult your GI provider at a Digestive Health Center near you to find the best treatment strategy for your health.

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At Digestive Health Center, our skilled gastrointestinal specialists are delighted to offer individualized care to all of our patients. Our providers are dedicated to finding a treatment option that works best for your situation. If you believe you need treatment for a fistula in Thibodaux, LA, please request a consultation with our team today. We look forward to partnering with you to find relief from your symptoms. 

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