Easy clip to treat anal fistula tracts: a word of caution

  • Gautier M
  • Godeberge P
  • Ganansia R
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BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Closing the internal opening by a clip ovesco has been recently proposed for healing the fistula tract, but, to date, data on benefit are poorly analyzed. The aim was to report a preliminary multicenter experience., MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective study was undertaken in six different French centers: surgical procedure, immediate complications, and follow-up have been collected., RESULTS: Nineteen clips were inserted in 17 patients (M/F, 4/13; median age, 42 years [29-54]) who had an anal fistula: 12 (71%) high fistulas (including 4 rectovaginal fistulas), 5 (29%) lower fistulas (with 3 rectovaginal fistulas), and 6 (35%) Crohn's fistulas. Out of 17 patients, 15 had a seton drainage beforehand. The procedure was easy in 8 (47%) patients and the median operative time was 27.5 min (20-36.5). Postoperative period was painful for 11 (65%) patients. A clip migration was noted in 11 patients (65%) after a median follow-up of 10 days (5.5-49.8). Eleven patients (65%) who failed had reoperation including 10 new drainages within the first month (0.5-5). After a mean follow-up of 4 months (2-7),, closing the tract was observed in 2 patients (12%) following the first insertion of the clip and in another one after a second insertion., CONCLUSION: Treatment of anal fistula by placing a clip on the internal opening is disappointing and deleterious for some patients. A better assessment before dissemination is recommended.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Anal fistula
  • Clip
  • Ovesco
  • Rectovaginal fistula
  • Sphincter sparing method
  • Surgery

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  • M. Gautier

  • P. Godeberge

  • R. Ganansia

  • G. Bozio

  • B. Godart

  • M. A. Bigard

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