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Journal of Coloproctology (Rio de Janeiro)

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MENDES, Carlos Ramon Silveira et al. VAAFT - Videoassisted anal fistula treatment: a new approach for anal fistula. J. Coloproctol. (Rio J.) [online]. 2014, vol.34, n.1, pp.62-64. ISSN 2237-9363.


Anal fistula is an epithelised path between the rectum or anal canal and the perianal region. The use of laparoscopic surgery with a minimally invasive procedure has led to the development of video-assisted surgical treatment of anal fistula.


To describe the surgical technique VAAFT as a new approach to fistula.


This is a safe and reproducible procedure. It enables the study of the entire fistula, obtaining the identification of accessory paths, cavitations and of the inner hole. More studies should be published for a better analysis of this technique, as well as to have a long-term outcome with new publications.

Keywords : Anal fistula; Minimally invasive surgical procedure.

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