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What is the best way to cure an anal fissure?

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Dr. John Rimmer
General Surgery 40 years experience
Stool softeners: Anal fissures are common and are associated with constipation, they cause pain and bleeding with bowel movements.They usually resolve in their own taking stool softeners and a hugh fiber diet with plenty of fluids and warm bathes or soaks usually help if this doesn't help see a doctor.
Dr. Keith Monson
General Surgery 24 years experience
Surgery: Some anal fissures will resolve with stool softeners but many will not resolve or will quickly recur. For these patients, the underlying problem is an overly tight anal sphincter. An outpatient procedure which cuts part of the sphincter muscle called a lateral internal sphincterotomy, is highly effective in allowing these fissured to heal once and for all.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How do you get an anal fissure and how can it be cured?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 43 years experience
Diarrhea/constipatio: Either can cause you to have developed an anal fissure, regulate your diet and fluids and most fissures will heal.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 30 years experience
Also, your colorectal surgeon may prescribe nitroglycerin or nifedipine ointment
May 12, 2012
Last updated Aug 28, 2017

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