Sometimes a patient may experience a sudden and intense sharp pain at the anus after constipation and passing hard stools. This is because of a tear in the lining of the anus called a Fissure.
Fissures are extremely painful and results in the patient fearing to go to the toilet, which in turn results in more constipation and hard stools. The vicious cycle repeats itself.
Acute fissures can be treated with pain killers, stool softeners and salt bath. Some fissures however become chronic (more than 6 weeks). Chronic fissures are harder to heal and will continue to cause pain during passing motion.
Chronic fissures can be treated with medication or surgery. Medication involves using a special nitrite cream, but this can result in persistent headaches during the course of therapy.
Treatment of Fissures
Surgery involves cutting a small amount of the anal muscles (Internal Sphincterotomy). It is quick and very effective. It is also well tolerated. The side effects are minimal and most patients do not complain of any loss of muscle control.
Pain Relief: Almost Instantaneous
The pain relief is almost instantaneous and the chronic fissure will heal on it’s own. If you do experience such symptoms, do contact us for a consultation.