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  1. DCCrohns

    Have You Had Martius Flap Surgery for RVF?

    Anyone here had successful (or unsuccessful) Martius flap surgery to repair a rectovaginal fistula? If so, what was your experience -- surgery, recovery and results?
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    Stem Cell Therapy

    I know it's a long-shot, but has anyone participated in a trial to treat their fistula(s) using mesenchymal stem cells (i.e., those harvested from you)? I've tried it all and am about to start a clinical trial at Mayo using a MSC-coated fistula plug in hopes that it helps me with my RVF...
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    Ileo -> Proctectomy/Colostomy or Turnbull-Cutait Procedure...Anyone Have Experience?

    After years of failing to get closure (medically and surgically) for recurring fistulas, I am exploring additional medical and surgical options. I currently have a temporary ileostomy and don't want to give up and go to a permanent proctectomy and colostomy (but realize that may be the end...
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    Anyone on 80mg of Humira/week?

    After being on Humira for several years (as well as multiple surgeries for my fistulating Crohn's), my levels are not where they should be. I have just started with a newly increased dose (was 40mg/week and now I'm going to 80mg/week). Luckily I haven't developed antibodies, but I'm wondering...
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    Fistula Repair with Gracilis Muscle - One Week Out

    Anyone here recently had fistula surgery utilizing gracious muscle? I had a temporary loop ileostomy back in July (http://www.crohnsforum.com/showthread.php?p=946570#post946570), and I am eight days out from gracilis surgery. This one is a different type of rough but I am so happy to have the...
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    Next Stop: Ileostomy

    Hi All, Been a while since I've been on the forum, but I am about to embark on the first of three surgeries to help address my fistulating Crohn's. After a failed advancement flap procedure to address my large (and in charge) anal fistula, I decided to move forward with a temporary Ileostomy...
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    Advancement Flap Surgery with Temp Ostomy

    I'm contemplating trying another procedure to heal a sizable fistula I have. I previously had an advancement flap procedure, but it failed. Currently, I am considering advancement flap surgery (this time with muscle tissue) paired with a temporary ostomy to up my chances of success. Anyone...
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    BM Challenges: What Works for You?

    Hi All, I'm currently six weeks out from advancement flap surgery, aiming to finally get rid of fistulas that have become more than just a pain in the butt. While I'm on Humira and Lialda currently, my ongoing challenge is solid, formed BMs. My doctors want me to aim for constipation but I'm...
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    Fistula Surgery with Borrowed Tissue/Muscle

    Wondering if anyone has had an attempt to close a fistula with their own tissue/muscle... I have had a few surgeries to get rid of two fistulas, with one that is almost large enough for the surgeon to put their finger through (and a real treat for me). Due to the placement, muscle structures...