Total anal sphincter saving technique for fistula-in-ano; the ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract

J Med Assoc Thai. 2007 Mar;90(3):581-6.


Objective: To describe a new technique for fistula-in-ano surgery aimed at total sphincter preservation, and evaluate the preliminary results concerning non-healing and intact anal function.

Material and method: A prospective observational study in eighteen fistula-in-ano patients treated by ligation of intersphincteric fistula tract (LIFT) technique, from January to June 2006.

Results: Fistula-in-ano in seventeen patients healed primarily (94.4%). There was one non-healing case (5.6%). The mean healing time was four weeks. None had disturbances in clinical anal continence.

Conclusion: The early outcome of the LIFT technique is quite impressive. Results warrant a larger study with long-term evaluation. This technique has the potential to become a viable option for fistula-in-ano surgery.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anal Canal
  • Digestive System Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ligation
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Rectal Fistula / surgery*