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What is Abortion?

Abortion, as the name suggests, is the procedure to abort or end an unwanted pregnancy. In India, it is a legally sanctioned option for both married and unmarried women and can be performed until the first 20 weeks* under the following 4 grounds:

  1. Grave risk to mother’s physical or mental health
  2. Genetic  abnormalities in the fetus
  3. Failure of contraception (birth control)

If the pregnancy is a result of sexual assault, such as rape (termination limit extended until 24 weeks)

As a procedure, it is one of the safest, most common, and minimal risks procedures. It bears no risks on future pregnancies and marks no scar. However, it must be performed only by a trained and licensed OB-GYN and only at a registered clinic (under MTP act, 1971).  

Abortion at any other facility, such as home or an unsafe place, or by an unauthorized doctor is extremely risky and can lead to severe complications such as incomplete abortion, infection, and at times, death. According to WHO, unsafe abortions are the third leading cause of maternal deaths in India. 


Importance of Early Decision

If you have conceived an unwanted pregnancy, and decide to terminate it, we suggest you do not delay the abortion procedure. The earlier the abortion, the better, safer, and economical.  

Also, a delayed decision may also bring you in conflict with the law. The Indian State allows termination of unwanted pregnancy only until 20 weeks in regular cases, and 24 weeks in special cases such as- when the woman is a victim of sexual assault, example- rape or incest, or, the woman is differently-abled or of a minor age (under 18 years). 


You can read more about the legal limitations and rights on abortion in India here.


Types of Abortion Procedure

Abortion by medicine

Abortion by surgery


In most cases of anal fistuila, the anorectal specialist is able to diagnose it just through a physical examination. In case the condition of the anal fistula is sever, the doctor might require to do an examination of your rectum and anal canal. The commonly performed tests to diagnose anal fistula are:
Digital examination – In this test, the fistula specialist inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to check if there are any kind of abnormal growths. 
Visual inspection – The proctologist or the anorectal surgeon might examine the lower rectum using a proctoscope, an anoscope or a sigmoidoscope. Using any of these devices, the doctor will carefully examine the lining of your anal tissues to check the severity and depth of your anal fistula.
Anoscopy – Anoscopy allows the anorectal doctor to examine the inner lining of your anus and rectum. The test checks for abnormal growths, bleeding, inflammation, and conditions such as diverticulos is.
Sigmoidoscopy – Flexible sigmoidoscopy is a useful test to look for an underlying aetiology in fistula-in-ano. 
Imaging tests – Your physician may also order an ultrasound or MRI of the anal area to get a better view of the fistula tract.
Self-diagnosis of anal fistula is not very difficult if you are well aware of the symptoms. If you think you have hemorrhoids, you can be pretty sure about it by checking the anal area and if there is any abnormality near the anal opening. If you have anal fistula, you are also to experience constant irritation in your anal skin that can make it difficult for you to sit or sit on the tilet seat. You may also experience smelly and foul discharge from and near your anus, and in rare occasions, you may also pass blood along with your stool. Additionally, there might be swelling and redness in you anal area and you may experience high fever.
Most proctologists or anorectal surgeons diagnose anal fistula through physical examination alone. Once you visit the doctor’s clinic, the doctor may ask you a few questions to understand your condition better and to determine the best line of treatment.
  • Do you have a family history of anal fistula?
  • When did you start having the symptoms?
  • Do you pass blood with your stool?
  • What are your dietary and lifestyle habits?
  • What is your fitness regime like?
  • When do you feel the pain mostly?
The doctor may also do a digital rectal examination to diagnose the severity of the fistula tract and to locate the internal openings.. The proctologist may also suggest tests like colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and anoscope to check for the presence of any gastrointestinal disease. In these tests, the doctor inserts a small camera to check for any abnormalities in the anus, rectum, and colon. In some cases, the doctor may also suggest flexible sigmoidoscopy to check if there are any secondary branches (one internal opening but multiple external openings) of the fistula.

Risks & Complications

Like any other surgical treatments, there are potential risks and complications associated with surgery if anal fistula too. Common complications may include:
Infection – When incisions are made in the skin, every surgery carries some risk of infection. The same is with the procedure of fistulectomy. In certain cases, where the fistula tract is too deep, the doctor might need to perform the surgery in several stages. In that case, there is a high possibility that the fistula might spread throughout the body and cause systemic infection. In case of infection from anal fistula, the doctor might prescribe antibiotics. If the infection is too severe, the patient might even require to get admitted to a hospital and undergo intravenous administration of antibiotics.
Bowel incontinence – If the fistula surgery is not performed by an expert anorectal surgeon, there are chances that the anal sphincter muscles may get damaged. The anal sphincter muscles are responsible of keeping the anus and controlling the bowel movements. In any case, if the sphincter muscles are damaged, the strength of the anal muscles are compromised which may cause leakage of feces. This condition is known as bowel incontinence. Bowel incontinence  is estimated to affect 3-7 percent of the total patients who undergo anal fistula surgery.
Anal fistula recurrence – An estimated 7-21 percent of patients who have undergoes surgery for anal fistula suffer from recurrence of anal fistula after surgery. The chances of recurrence is ten highest in case of treatment of anal fistula through fibrin glue.
If you are diagnosed with any anorectal disease including anal fistula, it is always better to undergo treatment without delay. In the words of a senior proctologist at Hospi Home, “Home remedies should not be relied for long duration if you have been diagnose with anal fistula or any other anorectal disease. Home remedies can only help reduce the severity of symptoms such as pain, swelling, soreness, redness, and inflammation in the anal region. For a permanent cure, undergoing surgery is the only safest and best method.”
If left untreated, anal fistula can lead to the following complications:
1.Unbearable pain – Untreated fistula-in-anal can cause severe and unbearable pain in the anal area. The pain  can get worse with time and even the condition might be complex to treat.  Untreated anal fistula is likely to cause foul smelling anal discharge that can hamper your lifestyle and make you feel embarrassed.
2.Unable to sit or walk – Diseases like anal fistulas can make you feel uncomfortable while sitting and walking. So, it is advised to undergo surgery as soon as you are diagnosed with any of them. 
3.Extension of anal fistulas – An untreated anal fissure can extend into the internal anal sphincter muscle that holds your anus closed. In such cases, it is difficult to heal the fissure and can cause severe pain and discomfort that would require medication therapy along with surgical intervention.
Complications that can be caused as a result of delayed treatment for anal fistulas may also include:
  • Sharp pain during bowel movements
  • Burning and itching sensation in and around the anus
  • Leakage of pus from the anus
  • Formation of skin tags or lumps at the anal area
  • Development of anal ulcers.

When to consult a doctor for abortion?

Most people tend to ignore the early symptoms of anal fistula. Not knowing the symptoms of the disease can make you ignorant of the fact as to when to approach the right doctor. Getting medical treatment and professional help can help you avoid timely complications of the condition. If you experience any of the following signs, it could be an indication of anal fistula. Without further delay, you should consult with an anorectal surgeon in that case:

  1. If you see/ notice foul-smelling discharge from your anal area.
  2. If you see blood in your stool or blood in the toilet seat/ tissue paper, consult with a doctor at the earliest. Blood in the stool can be a common sign for most anorectal disease and not fistula-in-ano alone. Hence, this symptom needs to be discussed with the doctor to evaluate the condition and to determine the best line of treatment.When no medication and home remedies provide you relief or effective results from your symptoms.

Questions to ask your doctor

Is my anal fistula serious?

Can I try home remedies for temporary relief from my condition?

Do I need to undergo surgery for my condition?

How many days off should I take if I undergo laser surgery for anal fistula?

When will I be able to get back to my regular work life after surgery?

Will my fistula recur after laser surgery?

Shall laser surgery cost heavy on my pocket?

Will surgery provide me permanent relief from the pain and discomfort?

How can I prepare for the surgery?

How long will it take me to recover after the surgery?

Will your team help me throughout the treatment and after?

Treatment options & cost

  1. Fibrin glue – Fibrin glue is a therapeutic for anal fistulas which activates thrombin to form a fibrin cloth. The procedure helps close the fistula tract mechanically. Fibrin glue is a liquid sealant thought to assist in fistula tract healing by stimulating migration and activation of fibroblasts.2 It is a tempting treatment modality: the technique is simple, repeatable, and involves only minor surgical trauma to the anal sphincter. Fibrin glue treatment is very easy to use and is considered as a good treatment for people who are not in favor of surgery. However, fibrin glue is not the best replacement for skilled anorectal surgery.
  2. Seton placement – This procedure involves placing a suture or a rubber band (also known as seton) in the anal fistula that is progressiveley tightened. The rubber band lets the fistula heal behind the seton. The treatment is non-invasive and the risk of recurrence is also quite low.
Once you have developed anal fistula, antibiotics or home remedies alone will not cure the condition. You will require surgical intervention to get the condition treated. Surgical options for anal fistula treatment include:
Fistulotomy – In this treatment, the fistula is opened and allowed to heal from inside out. The surgery is usually an outpatient procedure. As such, the patient can return home the very same day.
Laser surgery for snal fistula –  Laser treatment for the closure of fistula-in-ano is a minimally invasive and low-complication treatment which is considered as the most effective treatment for complex fistulas. The treatment does not cause any severe damage or injury to the sphincter muscles.
There’s no denying that if you have developed anal fistula, the best thing to do is get professional help. But additionally, you can include self-care measures in your daily regime that may not only aid in reducing the symptoms but also help the fissure heal in a much shorter time.
Sitz baths – Sitz baths is one of the highly beneficial home remedy for almost every anorectal problem including anal fistula. Sitz baths may help in not only reeieving pain of the anal area but also speed up th ehealing process. Sitz bath is basically feeling a palstic tub with warm water and soaking you anal area for 15-20 minutes in the wtaer. The tubs used for the treatment can be brought from any drugstore. You can add epsom salts and additives in the water too, but only after recommendation from your healthcare provider.
Eating more fiber – If you have any anorectal disease or disorder, eating a sufficient amount of fiber may help prevent stools from being hard and prevent constipation and diarrhea. FIber rich diet can aid you in passing stools easily which may be less traumatic to the anal opening. Some examples of fiber-rich food are: 
  • Beans
  • High-fiber bran cereal
  • Split peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Pigeon peas
  • Wheat bran flakes
  • Avocados
  • Soybeans
Use stool softeners – Using stool softener may prevent complications such as constipation. Stool softeners usually are quite effective in case of any anorectal diseases and cause no side effects. Stool softeners pull more water into the digestive tract that softens the stool. However, most doctors do not recommend using stool softeners for more than a week or ten days. Once you stop using stool softeners, it is important that you make lifestyle changes and continue healthy food.
Take care of the perianal skin – You want to prevent or maage anal fistula? The trick is to keep your perianal skin clean after bowel movements. If the jet spray is hurting your skin, you can skin the area with wet wipes. Make sure to rub or pat dry the area after passing stool each time. Remember to be gentle with your skin.
Anal fistula surgery is not a very complicated treatment and as such requires no thorough preparation. The preparation is even simpler in case of lser surgery for anal fistula. But like any other surgery,  of complications/ side effects in case of suregry for anal fistula too. Hence, you need to follow the doctor’s instructions to ensure that your surgery goes well and you recover without any complications. Before your surgery for anal fistula:
  • Do not eat or drink anything heavy. Eat a very light meal, preferably only breakfast.
  • Do not drink any form of carbonated or caffeinated drinks, just consume clear liquids at least for 5 hours before the surgery.
  • If you are on any anti-inflammatory, allergy medicines or any blood thinners, the doctor will recommend you to stop it as soon as possible before the treatment.
  • Stop smoking and drinking alcohol. It will help you heal faster after the surgery.
The recovery route after anal fistula surgery is usually simple with no major complications. If you diligently follow the doctor’s recommendations and tips, you will not experience any complications. Here are a few tips that can help you heal and recover easily after anal fistula surgery:
  • Eat a high-fibre diet.
  • Avoid lifting heavyweights.
  • Use a stool softener that can aid you in having smooth bowel movements.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day.
  • Do not strain while passing a stool.
  • Cost of anal fistula surgery in Delhi – Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000
  • Cost of anal fistula in Bangalore – Rs. 38,000 to Rs. 52,000
  • Cost of anal fistula in Gurgaon – Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000
  • Cost of anal fistula in Pune – Rs. 35,500 to Rs. 45,000
  • Cost of anal fistula in Jaipur – Rs. 37,000 to Rs. 45,000
  • Cost of anal fistula in Bhopal – Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000
  • Cost of anal fidstula in Coimbatore – Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 50,000

Insurance coverage

Anal fistula treatment is generally covered under health insurance. Most insurance companies offer a specific amount of coverage for anal fistula and other anorectal diseases. The amount of coverage you have will depend on the policy you buy. 

One thing you should know is that medical treatment for anal fistula won’t be covered in the insurance policy. Only the expenses of surgical treatment are covered and you also need to be hospitalized for at least 24 hours to file for a claim. You can opt for cashless payment or get reimbursement claims from your insurance providers as well. 

If your claim is approved, you will be able to cover the entire cost of treatment, including diagnostic tests, medications, hospital stay, bed charges, and other consumables. Some of the best and most popular healthcare insurance providers are Oriental, Religare Health, Manipal Cigna, United India Insurance, Care Health, New India Insurance, Star Health & Allied, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, ICICIA Lombard, Max Bupa Health Insurance.

Recovery Timeline

The healing capacity of every person is different and hence the timeline of recovery after anal fistula surgery varies for all. In most cases, recovery after open surgery for anal fistula takes around 2-3 months and complete recovery after laser surgery takes 1 month to 45 days.

Recovery after 1 month

For at least 1 month after anal fistula surgery, the patient needs to follow the recovery tips and recommendations by the doctor. It is advisable that the patient refrains from doing anything that puts strain on the surgical site. The patient should not eat anything too oily and spicy and consume only fiber-rich food. The patient should keep the surgical area free of any infection and take regular sitz baths.

Recovery after 2 months

After 2 months, the patient would experience much relief from the pain at the surgery site. But the scars might take some more time to disappear. The patient might get back to normal work life without any major complications and also resume normal dietary habits.

Recovery after 3 months

After 3 months, the patient would be free from all post-surgery discomfort. There would be no scars at the surgical site and the wound would be healed completely too. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The medical coordinator, on day 1 or during the first interaction tries to understand the patient’s problem and guides him/ her with the best treatment options. The medical coordinator will assist you in getting your OPD scheduled and will help you connect with the best doctor according to your needs.

No, Hospi Home does not attend to any kind of emergency surgeries or treatments. Hospi Home only provides elective surgical care, i.e; surgeries that are scheduled in advance because it does not involve a medical emergency.

No, Hospi Home does not own any hospital. Hospi Home works in association with other hospitals. Hospi Home doctors/ surgeons perform the surgeries leveraging the medical infrastructure of the associated hospitals.


Yes, Hospi Home offers online doctor consultations. With online consultation in place, patients can now consult a doctor based on their specialization from anywhere, anytime as per the available slots. Our patients can opt to talk to our doctors via call or online chat to discuss their health issues. Our doctors thoroughly understand the patient’s issue and provide them with the necessary medications and tests.


Hospi Home is not an insurance regulatory. Your insurance coverage depends on the health insurance type (personal, corporate) and the terms and conditions set by your insurance provider. Our insurance team only helps you get the maximum benefits of your policy.


Recovery Timeline

Facts and figures around anal fistula:

  • Medical studies state that 23% of Indians have anal fistula.
  • 28% of individuals with anal abscess and 12% of individuals with underlying anal diseases have developed anal fistulas.
  • Each year between 50,000 to 1,00,000 women worldwide are affected by obstetric fistula.
  • Approximately 76% of patients with anal fistula preferred to undergo laser surgery, 14% choose to undergo open surgery, and the remaining 10% choose to follow home remedies, lifestyle changes, and dietary modifications.

Why choose Hospi Home for anal fistula surgery?

  • Hospi Home is a certified Centre of Excellence for anorectal treatments including diseases like anal fistula, piles and anal fissure.
  • Hospi Home houses some of the top anorectal surgeons of the country who have years of experience in delivering surgical treatment for colorectal diseases with a high success rate.
  • Hospi Home is associated with some of the top hospitals across India that are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities required to perform advanced anorectal surgeries.
  • Proctologists/ General Surgeons working with Hospi Home do a thorough consultation in the case of every patient to understand the health condition and then determine the treatment method that will work best.
  • A dedicated ‘care buddy’ is assigned to every patient on the day of the surgery. We strive to make the whole surgical experience for our patients a seamless one. Once you reach the hospital, your dedicated medical attendant or ‘care buddy’ will take care of every paperwork and formality on your behalf.
  • To ease out the commuting process for our patients, we also provide free cab facilities to bring you from home to the hospital and help you return back home after the surgery.
  • A free-of-cost follow-up is provided to the patients within the first seven days after the anal fistula surgery.