An anal fissure is a small, oval shaped tear in the skin that lines the anal opening, and may be acute or chronic in nature. Symptoms of an anal fissure include severe pain during and after a bowel movement, and bright red blood on the stool or toilet paper following a bowel movement. Trauma to the inner lining of the anus, oftentimes after a hard, dry bowel movement, is the primary cause of anal fissures. Anal fissure treatment typically involves fiber supplementation, stool softeners, topical anesthetics, sitz baths, and medications to relax the anal sphincter muscles; however, chronic fissures may require surgical treatment. Surgical treatment for anal fissures may include injection of Botulinum toxin (Botox) into the anal sphincter, or a lateral internal sphincterotomy (surgical division of the sphincter).
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At Pinnacle Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Dr. Ann L. Kalhorn and Dr. Eugene M. Kim are well respected and board certified colon and rectal surgeons. They have received specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions pertaining to the colon, rectum and anus. We work collaboratively with you to ease painful symptoms and ensure the safe and successful resolution of your colorectal issues. If you would like additional information about treatment, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you and to scheduling your consultation with Dr. Kalhorn or Dr. Kim.