Sphincterotomy in Connecticut

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What is a sphincterotomy?

Lateral internal sphincterotomy is a surgery used to treat anal fissures. An anal fissure is a tear within the lining of one's anus and is often associated with bleeding and pain when passing stool. The internal sphincter muscle within the anus is always under tension, but an elevation in pressure could proceed to the development of anal fissures or the prevention of an existing fissure from healing. If you are seeking a provider who offers sphincterotomies in Connecticut, our team can help. Consult with a Connecticut GI location in your community to request a consultation with one of our gastroenterologists to learn more about this treatment process.

Who is a candidate for a sphincterotomy?

This surgery can be an effective treatment for patients with anal fissures. Anal fissures may cause the following symptoms:

  • Pain with bowel movements
  • Itching
  • Bleeding

Some anal fissures may improve on their own or with the help of home treatments. Lateral internal sphincterotomy is typically recommended in cases where more conservative approaches fail to heal the fissure.

How does a sphincterotomy work?

The sphincterotomy with our Connecticut providers is performed on an outpatient basis under either local or general anesthesia. Your GI provider will make a small incision within the internal anal sphincter. This incision in the muscle lowers the pressure, thereby allowing the fissure to heal. The incision will be stitched with dissolvable stitches or may be left open to heal naturally. As in any procedure, lateral internal sphincterotomy can involve certain complications and risks. For example, the inability to control stool or gas, pain, bleeding, infection at the location of the incision, or difficulty with passing urine. Your Connecticut GI specialist can discuss a complete list of possible risks and benefits of this procedure with you before scheduling your procedure.

Achieve optimal healing from anal fissures

Anal fissures will sometimes close on their own. However, if you are experiencing a fissure that will not heal and is not responding to the more traditional methods, then a sphincterotomy may be an ideal treatment option for you. If you have any questions about a sphincterotomy or any other treatment methods for anal fissures, we invite you to connect with a Connecticut GI provider. As a physician-led group of GI providers, Connecticut GI works to provide patient-focused treatment for gastrointestinal problems like anal fissures. If you are in search of a provider who performs sphincterotomies in Connecticut, don't hesitate to get in touch with us today.

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