Patient organisation comments
The Crohn's in Childhood Research Association provided the following comments.
VAAFT could potentially offer benefits to children with complex and less complex fistula, but this should first be explored through appropriate studies. Any disadvantages are not yet known and must be investigated further.
Anal fistulae are associated with social stigma and can cause considerable pain and difficulty moving around and sitting. The association noted that any procedure which has the potential to heal internal fistula sites and lead to quicker recovery should be welcomed.