Fistula in New Orleans, LA

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The term fistula refers to an unnatural tunnel between two hollow pouches (organs) in the body. Fistulae can develop due to disease, inflammation, or injury or might be intentionally induced via surgery for medical purposes. Numerous kinds of fistulae can form in an individual's body. They are commonly identified as one of four variations:

  • Intestinal: a connection between two different portions of the intestine
  • Complex: multiple connections, impacting more than one organ
  • Extraintestinal: a connection between an area of the intestine to another bodily organ
  • External: a connection between an area of the GI tract to the skin

Fistulae that form in gastrointestinal organs can affect a person's health and wellness in various ways. If you or a loved one need care for a fistula, our New Orleans, LA providers are ready to assist. Request a consultation with a gastrointestinal specialist at a Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates location in your community to find advanced care for a fistula.

Various factors can cause fistulae, depending on the type and location. Generally, common causes of fistulae include:

  • Complication from surgery
  • Infection
  • Having a fistula at birth
  • Diseases (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Injury

To learn more about fistulae, request an appointment with one of our caring GI specialists in New Orleans, LA today. Our team looks forward to educating you about this condition and helping you through your care.

Symptoms of fistulae can differ significantly depending on the kind of fistula that has formed, in addition to how severe it has become. Some of the common signs and symptoms of fistulae associated with the gastrointestinal system may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Increased pulse rate
  • Discomfort or pain
  • Vomiting
  • Undernourishment

The treatment strategy for a fistula depends on the location and severity. Some fistulae resolve and close on their own, without the need for treatment. At other times, fistulae must be addressed by using medication or surgically. Consult your gastroenterology specialist at Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates to choose the appropriate treatment protocol for your health and wellness.

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At Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates, our compassionate GI specialists are thrilled to provide exceptional care to patients throughout the community. If you think you might need care for a fistula in New Orleans, LA request an appointment with a local GI specialist in your community. We will partner with you to understand your gastrointestinal needs and provide the treatment you require.

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