Though Permacol™ collagen paste may offer an attractive treatment option for many anal fistula patients, in the absence of evidence-based guidelines a lack of first hand expertise may hamper its use in clinical practice. Hict developed an expert opinion report that provides expert guidance on the use of Permacol™ Paste for treatment of anorectal fistula, aimed at surgeons who may not be familiar with the technique.
The advice is based on the personal experience of surgeons with hands-on expertise using Permacol™ collagen paste in their clinical practice who clearly stated existing level of evidence is low.
European clinical experts in anal fistula treatment were invited to participate to a written survey discussing the use of Permacol™ Paste in the broader context of anal fistula treatment in their practice. Each participant's response was discussed in a one-on-one phone interview.
The generalized results from the survey and interviews were presented in conjunction with an overview of relevant literature at an expert meeting. The results of this discussion are captured in an EU expert opinion recommendation whitepaper.
This whitepaper summarizes the expert opinion meeting discussion topics and expert opinion recommendations for the use of Permacol™ Paste in clinical practice. The full white paper can be consulted below.