Young Woman Back to Being a Mom Thanks to Perirectal Abscess Treatment
Brittany’s perirectal abscess went undiagnosed by five separate physicians, extending her suffering and preventing her from taking proper care of her one-year-old daughter.
Those who have never experienced it can not imagine the pain associated with anal abscesses. An abscess in the anal area can be devastating and life-shattering, making even the most routine activities excruciatingly painful and next to impossible to accomplish.
Fortunately, Brittany found David L. Meese, M.D., a board certified colon and rectal surgeon at the Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates, who was able to help her and restore her to full health.
“When I saw Dr. Meese, he helped me and took care of the problem,” says Brittany. “Now I can run, jump, and play with my one-year-old daughter, Mia. We can go down the slide together and have a lot of fun. I’m so happy that I came to Dr. Meese.”
What Is a Perirectal Abscess?
An abscess is a collection of pus that has built up within the tissue of the body. An anal abscess is an infected cavity filled with pus found near the anus or rectum, and 90% of abscesses stem from an acute infection in the internal glands of the anus.
When bacteria or foreign matter enters the anal tissue through the gland, the internal glands can get clogged, become infected, and an abscess can develop. Certain conditions can sometimes make these infections more likely including inflammatory bowel disease (such as Crohn’s disease) or diabetes.
An abscess is usually associated with symptoms of pain and swelling around the anus. Other symptoms may include:
- Redness of the skin
- Fever or chills
- Swelling that feels full of fluid
“The perirectal abscess I had was very painful,” says Brittany. “I couldn’t move or barely walk.” To make matters worse, Brittany struggled to find a doctor who would take her or her symptoms seriously.
“I had been treated at five other doctors. And they (all) treated me like I was blowing smoke,” says Brittany. “The other doctors went through all of the procedures that you had to go through, but they wouldn’t believe what I was telling them. They were insulted because we were telling them what was wrong with me.”
“When I got to Dr. Meese, I told him what was wrong, and there was no problem or any delay in the matter. He admitted me right away, and I went in for surgery and got the problem taken care of immediately.”
How Is an Abscess Treated?
An abscess is treated by making an opening in the skin near the anus to drain the pus from the infected cavity and thereby relieve the pressure. Often, this can be done in the doctor’s office using a local anesthetic. A large or deep abscess may require hospitalization and the assistance of an anesthesiologist. Hospitalization may also be necessary for patients prone to more serious infections, such as people with diabetes or people with decreased immunity.
Antibiotics are a poor alternative to draining the pus, because antibiotics do not penetrate the fluid within an abscess, nor do they enhance healing time or decrease the chance of recurrence.
Brittany credits the entire staff at the Colon & Rectal Surgery Associates for her successful healing journey. “The staff saw how upset I was and how much pain I was in, and they comforted me as much and as quickly as possible,” she says. “Dr. Meese was very professional, and he knew exactly what he was doing. Whenever we had an issue, we would call him, and his staff would coach me on what to do.”
Having fully recovered her quality of life and ability to play with her daughter again, Brittany is eternally grateful to Dr. Meese. “I told (Dr. Meese) a couple of months after my surgery that I thank God for him,” says Brittany. “I couldn’t imagine what would have happened if I hadn’t met him because all the other doctors couldn’t do what he did. They couldn’t fix the problem; they just put a Band-Aid over it and sent me home. And Dr. Meese fixed it.”