Anal Fissure in Connecticut

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What is an anal fissure?

An anal fissure is a small rip or cut in the tissue lining the anus. The fragile, easily damaged tissue, called mucosa, that comprises the lining of the anus could tear for a number of reasons, one being the passing of large stools during a bowel movement. Typically, anal fissures cause pain during bowel movements, and blood is often found in one's stool. Anal fissures can also precipitate muscle contractions found at the end of the anus, called the anal sphincter.

An anal fissure is classified as chronic if it has been present for 6 – 8 weeks or if it is a commonly recurring issue. If you believe you may be suffering from an anal fissure, contact your nearest Connecticut GI location and request an appointment with a gastroenterologist. Our specialists provide treatment for anal fissures in Connecticut.

What are the causes of an anal fissure?

There are many common factors that can result in anal fissures. These may include but are not limited to:

  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • The childbirth process
  • Passing hard and/or large stools
  • Difficulty passing stool
  • Anal intercourse

When it comes to an anal fissure, there are a number of factors that may increase a person's risk. A few are also causes of anal fissures. These risk factors may include:

  • Anal intercourse
  • The childbirth process
  • Age (anal fissures occur in higher numbers in infants and middle-aged adults)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Difficulty passing stool
  • STDs and HIV

What are the common symptoms of an anal fissure?

There are several indicators of an anal fissure. A few signs of anal fissures include but are not limited to:

  • Fresh red blood in the stool
  • Lingering pain following a bowel movement
  • A visible crack or tear in the tissue surrounding the anus
  • Uncomfortable bowel movements

There is assistance available for anyone dealing with anal fissures in Connecticut. Connect with a Connecticut GI gastroenterology provider if you are having more than one of the above-listed symptoms or if any one of these symptoms becomes more worrisome. Always contact a physician should you see blood in your stool.

What are the possible complications of an anal fissure?

Anal fissures can be very irritating but don't usually progress to dangerous conditions. Fissures are a common problem in adults. An example of some typical complications that can come with having an anal fissure include:

  • Inability to heal
  • Fissure recurrence
  • Rifts in surrounding muscles

You should speak with your GI specialist at Connecticut GI regarding any questions you might have relating to complications from an anal fissure.

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What are the treatments for anal fissures?

Anal fissures will often heal on their own within a few weeks. To allow for the healing of anal fissures, and in an effort to prevent their return, your gastroenterology provider could suggest that you:

  • Avoid constipation
  • Eat a healthy diet high in fiber
  • Consume a substantial amount of water

Alternate treatments can include:

  • BOTOX® injections for the relaxation of muscles/spasms
  • Surgery (less common)
  • Blood pressure medication to encourage relaxation of the anal sphincter
  • Topical ointments and creams to increase the flow of blood to the fissure, as well as for pain relief

Always consult with your gastroenterology specialist to determine the best treatment options for you. Our team is determined to ensure that you are given the personalized care and relief you deserve.

Get the relief you seek

Anal fissures can be uncomfortable to live with. If you are seeking treatment for anal fissures in Connecticut, help is available. For assistance, call your nearest Connecticut GI location to connect with a GI provider who will help you obtain the relief you require to have normal bowel movements. Request a consultation as soon as possible to start the process.

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