Presenting as an open sore or tear in the lining of the anal canal, and resulting in pain, bleeding and other uncomfortable symptoms, anal fissures can be caused by many different digestive problems or physical symptoms.
What is an anal fissure?
An anal fissure is a tear in the anal canal, often caused by straining to defecate due to constipation. Signs of a tear include a stinging or burning pain, and the appearance of a small amount of blood. Some people are more susceptible to anal fissures than others. Those with chronic bowel conditions, pregnant women, and people with tight sphincter muscles all have an increased risk of a fissure developing.
Many fissures will heal on their own, especially if the cause is temporary. Topical treatments are available to numb the area and relieve pain while the fissure repairs itself. However, some tears are more serious and the effects can last for a long time. The fissures might also reoccur often, or fail to heal properly and reopen. This is when surgery could be the best option.
Treatment for anal fissures in London
Anal surgery can treat anal fissures that have not mended with time and/or topical treatment. Chronic anal fissures are those which have not healed for six weeks or more. Recurring fissures might also benefit from surgical treatment. Mr Alastair Windsor can advise you further after your initial examination.