21 year old daily worker Ryad of village Gachua, Swandip, Chittagong was suffering from his anorectal fistula for several years. He used to have rectal pain, usually described as burning, cutting, or tearing, pain with bowel movements, bloody stool and complain of recurrent malodorous perianal drainage, pruritus, recurrent abscesses and fever. He used to have pain with sitting, moving, defecating, and even coughing and usually it was throbbing in quality and was constant throughout the day. Surgery was the only option which could give him relief from his constant pain. Being a day worker, he could only manage his daily food to survive. On 2nd October of 2010, Touching Souls International, a nonprofit organization provided him his needed Fistulectomy surgery and saved Ryad from his constant suffering of anal fistula .
An anorectal fistula, also called a fistula-in-ano, is an abnormal condition where a person develops a passage from his anus to the surface of the skin surrounding the anus. Alternatively, an anorectal fistula may travel from the anal canal to the vagina, bowel, liver, or other pelvic organs. The condition is most common in people suffering from such illnesses as Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis or tuberculosis; it also may present as a birth defect in infants or be caused by an injury to the anus. One of the major causes of an anorectal fistula is an anorectal abscess.
Treatment for anorectal fistula typically includes surgical and non-surgical options. Surgery for anorectal fistula repair involves cutting the fistula open and either excising the entire fistula tract or removing only the tissue lining the fistula tract. A cutting seton, a long tube, can also be inserted to slowly cut through the fistula over time. With surgical treatment, scarring is common. Bowel incontinence can result if the sphincter muscle has been sufficiently damaged, and incontinence of flatus may also develop.
Touching Souls International is a New York based nonprofit organization, which supports health, education and safe environment for economically disadvantaged people of Bangladesh. It provides many projects to serve the needy people. Providing 12 very essential surgeries every month, to the very needy ones is an ongoing program of this nonprofit organization..