An anal fistula is one of the most common anorectal diseases. It is a tunnel-like abnormal connection between the end of the bowel and the infected glands in the anus. Anal fistulas can make one's life miserable by causing severe anal pain while sitting and passing stools, discharge of pus or blood from the anus, irritation around the anus, and skin maceration.
Leaving anal fistulas untreated can cause some serious health concerns like fecal incontinence [uncontrollable bowel movements], improper function of sphincter muscles, and increased risk of anal cancer.
"People with anal abscess are prone to developing anal fistulas. Untreated anal fistulas can increase your chance of developing other anorectal diseases. So, I always advise my patients to get treated in time or as early as possible once diagnosed with an anorectal disease. But people with anal fistulas keep delaying their surgical treatment because of the cost factor. They think fistula surgery is expensive. In reality, it is affordable and is the only way to treat an anal fistula. Getting treated in the initial stages can reduce the overall fistula surgery cost and decrease the complexity of the surgery", says one of the best fistula doctors in India.
Treatment of simple and chronic/complex anal fistulas includes a combination of surgical procedures, medications, lifestyle changes, and dietary modifications.
Home remedies alone can't treat anal fistulas. Surgery is necessary to treat simple or complex anal fistula. For the same, different types of surgical procedures are used, and some of them are listed below, along with their estimated minimum, average and maximum cost.
|Type of Anal Fistula Surgery||Minimum Cost in India||Average Cost in India||Maximum Cost in India|
|Fistula Laser Treatment||Rs. 30,000||Rs. 60,550||Rs. 90,000|
|Open fistula surgery||Rs. 29,500||Rs. 59,500||Rs. 84,500|
|Advanced flap procedure||Rs. 32,500||Rs. 69,500||Rs. 1,05,000|
|LIFT procedure||Rs. 30,500||Rs. 57,850||Rs. 86,950|
|Endoscopic ablation||Rs. 25,000||Rs. 35,750||Rs. 55,000|
Apart from surgical procedures, treatment methods like the seton technique, fibrin glue, and bioprosthetic plug are also widely used to treat an anal fistula. Their estimated cost is tabulated below.
|Non-surgical Anal Fistula Treatment Method||Minimum Cost in India||Average Cost in India||Maximum Cost in India|
|Seton technique||Rs. 20,500||Rs. 35,000||Rs. 55,000|
|Fibrin glue||Rs. 23,650||Rs. 33,000||Rs. 45,000|
|Bioprosthetic plug||Rs. 22,000||Rs. 30,000||Rs. 39,500|
The cost mentioned in the post is an approximate price and is not the same for every patient. It varies from one patient to another based on several factors. So, use all the tables from this post for reference purposes only.
Here are some of the factors that affect the anal fistula surgery cost in India.
The consultation fee of each fistula doctor varies from each other. This is because of their experience in diagnosing and treating anal fistulas. If you wish to consult an experienced fistula doctor in India, he/she can charge you anywhere between Rs. 750 and 1,500. The consultation fee of the fistula doctor with less years of experience can range between Rs. 350 and Rs. 750.
This price variation is an estimated fistula doctor fee. To know the exact consultation fee, contact the medical coordinators of the specific hospital.
Simple anal fistulas are those that have one internal and one external opening. In contrast, complex fistulas have one or multiple internal openings with one or several external openings which are branched internally.
Simple anal fistula surgery is less complex compared with complex anal fistula surgery. Due to this, anal fistula surgery cost can increase or decrease.
The best anal fistula treatment plan is recommended only after proper diagnosis of the condition. To do so, fistula doctors suggest their patients several diagnostic tests.
The cost of each diagnostic test can add up to the final fistula surgery cost to a small extent.
Medications like painkillers, analgesics, corticosteroids, antibiotics, and stool softeners are prescribed by the fistula doctor before and after undergoing fistula surgery. These medications can reduce your risk of developing severe post-surgical complications and improve surgery outcomes.
Once the surgery is done, the attending doctor or nurse will monitor all your vital signs. If they all are in the normal range, you will be discharged the same day. However, in a few cases, you may be required to stay in the hospital for a day or more. So, this duration in the hospital stay can impact fistula surgery cost.
Follow-up sessions help the doctor evaluate your overall medical and health condition after the surgery. Also, they help in checking whether the surgery is successful or not. Based on the evaluation, the anal fistula doctor can recommend different lifestyle or dietary changes along with the addition or omission of new post-surgical medications.
One follow-up session cost can range anywhere between Rs. 500 and Rs. 750. You may be required to attend more than one follow-up session, and thus the cost of the number of follow-up sessions can add up to the final cost of fistula surgery.
All these factors together can impact fistula surgery cost to a larger extent.
Fistula surgery cost in India can range between Rs. 32,500 - Rs. 1,05,000. This price variation is dependent on factors that are discussed above. To know the exact fistula surgery cost in India, we recommend you contact the specific hospital form where you are planning to undergo fistula surgery.