A fistula is an abnormal connection between an organ, vessel, or intestine and another structure. Fistulas are usually the result of injury or surgery. It can also result from infection or inflammation. (as defined by the NIH)Now, getting back to the topic at hand. I did a test this morning which would rule out a fistula. I got the results (something required to be done on my end) and called the doctor. She said "hmmmm.... let me talk with <another doctor in the practice> and I'll call you back." Ok? She called back and said it would be rare for me to have a fistula so far out from my hysterectomy (years!) and that she would like me to re-do the test (which is no fun, by the way) and go to the office on Tuesday for her to do the final part of the test so she can see the results for herself. Gee, this isn't nerve-wracking at all!
It's important to understand that "rare" is the kiss of death for me. With one injury alone:
- most people don't need surgery for this injury
- it's strange that PT didn't work
- surgery: finds 5 torn ligaments in my ankle when only one showed up on the MRI
- post-op I thought I popped a stitch, so call the doc. I get his associate who says to go in. It turns out I had a large burst hematoma (a pocked of blood beneath the skin) It's uncommon in your situation and to be directly under the incision, says the doctor
- I go and see my doctor a bit later (I can't remember if it was no more than 2 weeks later, but I'd imagine it was the sooner part of that) who says that in all his years of practice he's never seen such a this happen (it was ugly, people, super nasty - I won't disgust you by posting a picture)
- There's nothing else I can do (says the surgeon) but it's odd for it not to heal by now so you'll have to go to the wound care clinic.
So, I did some research. I know, I know, the internet is a dangerous place for research, but I try to stick to the NIH, Hopkins, Mayo - reputable sites. They all basically agreed with my doctor, although she is amazing and I'd expect no less. There are some pretty uncomfortable tests which could be done after I see my doc on Tuesday. Surgery is a possible cure. Yep, rare. Sigh....