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New painless, non-surgical treatment for anal fistula

VAAFT is an improved surgical procedure and people should prefer it due to it being a painless treatment and which gives no problems in bowel movement after the procedure, experts say

 

For patients suffering from anal fistula, Video Assisted Anal Fistula Treatment (VAAFT) is a new painless, non-surgical procedure that causes no pain, helps patients recover faster, and cuts down chances of recurrence, say doctors.
 
VAAFT is an improved surgical procedure and people should prefer it due to it being a painless treatment and which gives no problems in bowel movement after the procedure, experts say.
 
The treatment requires no incision, making the process friendly and helps the patient restart normal life easily.
 
"Though there are various ways to treat anal fistula, some are conventional methods, which involve surgery. Treatment practices like fistulutomy/ fistulectomy involve removal of the complete fistula tract with the help of a knife, causing a lot of pain and bleeding," said Ashish Bhanot, chief bariatric surgeon at Apollo Spectra Hospital.
 
He said the previous methods caused large wounds and the patient required long hospitalisation and daily dressing, which usually take a long time to heal and require daily treatment. There are also slightly higher chances of recurrence.
 
On the VAAFT technique, Bhanot said: "Doctors can identify the internal opening of the fistula tract with the help of an endoscope which navigates through the tract under vision.
 
"The fistula is removed through a special electric current and after removal, the opening is shut with the help of fibrin glue," he said.
 
Santosh Ruia, surgeon at Safdarjung Hospital, said: "VAAFT is being done in India with perfection, and has thus attracted a lot of patients from Afghanistan, Middle East and even European countries."
 
On post-treatment care, Ruia said: "The most crucial thing is to maintain anal hygiene, toilet hygiene, having sex with protection, avoiding spicy food and excessive sedatives and pain killers."
 
He suggested people should immediately get themselves checked if they witness symptoms such as pain, swelling and bleeding while passing stool, pain in bowel movements, difficulty in performing normal activities, reddening on the opening of skin and discharge of pus.
 
He said a clinical evaluation including a digital rectal examination is well enough to diagnose anal fistula, but many a times tests like MRI, ultrasound, proctoscope, fistula probe and fistulogram are also done to understand the path of the fistula.
 
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Recording, sharing videos now possible on Twitter's Direct Messages

A GIF button and a video support don't do much to fix those longstanding issues but they may bring the website up to compete with Facebook and Google

 

Aiming to take Twitter to a new level amid an existential crisis, the micro-blogging website is now bringing video support to Direct Messages.
 
"The company keeps plugging away at basic features to bring the service up to speed with competitors like Facebook Messenger. Following the addition of a GIF button on Wednesday, Twitter is rolling out this feature globally to iOS and Android smartphones," The Verge quoted the company as saying on Wednesday.
 
However, on twitter.com, user will be to send videos from within Direct Messages threads, but won't be able to record them directly on the website.
 
A GIF button and a video support don't do much to fix those longstanding issues but they may bring the website up to compete with Facebook and Google.
 
Recently, Twitter introduced a new timeline feature that allows users to never miss important tweets from people they follow by giving an option to see the best tweets first. 
 
The rest of the tweets are displayed right underneath.
 
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Will seek Nana's help in water cup: Aamir
Mumbai : Actor Aamir Khan, who on Wednesday announced the "Satyamev Jayate Water Cup" to solve the water problem of Maharashtra, will also seek support from industry colleague Nana Patekar, who is actively involved in helping the state's drought-hit farmers.
 
"I will meet Nana. I happened to see his film 'Natsamrat' which I found to be brilliant. I will talk to him. He is doing some great work. All of us have seen what he has done. 
 
"Like Nana, more and more people need to come forward for this cause. Nana has started this act which is wonderful. He is doing great work and showing his sensitivity to such an important issue. We would only like to add to that," he said to a query if he is planning to involve Nana for this project.
 
Aamir announced that the next season of his popular television show "Satyamev Jayate", which focuses on social issues, will have an episode on the water crisis in Maharashtra and other areas.
 
"The topic of water problems will be tackled in this season of 'Satyamev Jayate', especially the problems related to Maharashtra," he said at a press conference held to announce the 'Satyamev Jayate Water Cup" or a competition between villages will be involved in water conservation activities, with the winning village bagging prize money of Rs.50 lakh. The contest will be held between April 15 and May 31.
 
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