And my surgeon said it didn't enter the muscle, so she cut open the tract (it's a perianal fistula) and put in some dissolvable stitches. She didn't give me any information, really, on how to care for the wound. It's hard to keep it clean and that worries me because she didn't put me on antibiotics. Is that normal, in your experience, to not prescribe antibiotics? I stopped putting gauze on it because it irritates it and makes it bleed more. Should I suck it up and keep putting gauze on it? I was a little surprised that I wasn't given any instructions. I'm not too worried or I would call the emergency line. It hurts like I expect being cut open and scraped out down to the muscle would. Any advice would be appreciated!