Sphincterotomy in Ocean Springs, MS

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A lateral internal sphincterotomy is a surgery performed to treat anal fissures. An anal fissure is a small rip in the tissue lining the anus and is characterized by discomfort and bleeding when passing stool. The internal anal sphincter muscle is under constant tension, but an increase in pressure can cause the appearance of anal fissures or prevent an existing fissure from healing. If you need a sphincterotomy in Ocean Springs, MS, our providers can help. Reach out to a local Digestive Health Center to request an appointment with a gastroenterology provider near you to have all your questions answered.

This surgical procedure may be beneficial to patients dealing with anal fissures. Anal fissures can manifest with the following symptoms:

  • Pain with bowel movements
  • Itching
  • Bleeding

Some anal fissures may be able to resolve on their own or with the aid of home therapies. Lateral internal sphincterotomy is recommended in cases where more conservative treatments fail to heal the fissure.

A sphincterotomy is done on an outpatient basis under either general or local anesthesia. Your Ocean Springs, MS specialist will make a minor incision in the internal anal sphincter. This incision in the muscle decreases the pressure, allowing the fissure to heal. The incision will be sutured with dissolvable sutures or may be left open to allow for natural healing. As is the case with any surgical procedure, lateral internal sphincterotomy might include some risks and complications, for example, inability to control stool or gas, bleeding, pain, infection at the incision site, and trouble with urination. We urge you to discuss the complete list of possible risks and benefits concerning this procedure with your Digestive Health Center gastroenterologist.

Anal fissures have been known to close on their own. Still, if you are dealing with an anal fissure that will not heal and is not responding to the more traditional treatment methods, a sphincterotomy may help you. If you have additional questions regarding the sphincterotomy or alternative treatment options for anal fissures, we encourage you to contact a local Digestive Health Center provider. As a physician-led team of gastroenterologists, we strive to provide patient-centric care for GI conditions like anal fissures. If you are searching for a digestive health specialist who performs sphincterotomies in Ocean Springs, MS, please request an appointment at a nearby location today.

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