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Anal Fissures

Treating Anal Fissures

Anal fissures are a very common condition affecting people of all ages and genders. They are small oval-shaped tears that occur near the anus’s opening and cause intense pain during bowel movements.

Quick diagnosis and treatment can give you pain relief and prevent any complications. At Huntington Colorectal Surgeons, we are one of the leading colorectal surgery practices in our area. We can treat anal fissures in Pasadena, CA, and help restore healthy and comfortable bowel movements.

Signs you may have anal fissures

  • Severe pain when defecating, with burning pain extending for hours.
  • Anal bleeding.
  • Visible tear or crack at the surface of the anus.
  • A skin tag near the opening of the anus.

Why do anal
fissures occur?

The anus is a very sensitive region. Pressure can tear the sensitive anal tissues causing anal fissures. When the anal tissue tears, the muscles surrounding the fissure start to spasm uncontrollably. This can cause a lot of pressure to build up in the anus, causing intense pain. Once anal fissure occurs, the spasm of the sphincter muscles may prevent blood flow to the area that can slow down healing and lead to chronic fissures.

Anal fissures are usually caused when the anal canal stretches beyond its normal capacity and this results in injury or trauma to the anal tissues.

This can happen when:

  • You pass very hard or large stools.
  • You have frequent and severe diarrhea or constipation.
  • You give birth.
  • You have an inflammatory bowel disorder.
  • You have anal intercourse.
  • You have been diagnosed with anal tuberculosis

The good news is that most anal fissures heal on their own within 2 to 3 weeks. However, if the fissures persist you may require medical attention. Dr. Howard Kaufman, Dr. Gabriel Akopian, and Dr. Juliane Golan have extensive experience treating anal fissures. They are renowned across Pasadena for their empathetic nature and professional care. You can trust them to help you experience the relief that you seek.

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What happens if you ignore anal fissures?

Anal fissures can be treated if you quickly seek medical assistance. Ignoring the above signs can lead to fissures worsening and the onset of complications like:

  • Permanent skin tags
  • Sentinel piles
  • Fecal impaction
  • Formation of fistulae

Our team of licensed and qualified colorectal surgeons will conduct an anal and a rectal exam to diagnose anal fissures in Pasadena. We then develop a highly-customized treatment that meets your unique medical requirements.

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Customized treatment for anal fissures

The anal fissure treatment is a multipronged process that uses a combination of:

  • Topical medication to relax the sphincter muscles and reduce pain
  • Sitz baths
  • Surgery

While the medication reduces the pressure on the fissures, the steroid creams soothe the tears and inflammation, facilitating healing. If these don’t offer the desired results, we can perform surgery to help with healing of anal fissures.

At Huntington Colorectal Surgeons we can help treat anal fissures in Pasadena that don’t respond to topical medications with minor surgeries- from Botox injection to cutting a small portion of the sphincters to relax the muscles and facilitate healing.

Preventing anal fissures from forming again

It can take 2 to 4 weeks after the surgery for the anal fissures to fully close and heal. You can prevent the development of new fissures by:

  • Adopting a diet of soft foods that contain more fiber.
  • Hydrating regularly to prevent the formation of hard stools & constipation.
  • Applying prescribed medication to reduce pressure and swelling in the anus.

For more information, feel free to contact our Pasadena colorectal doctors.


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