In 1997 I had an operation for rectal cancer. I had radiation and chemo. Now I have anal stenosis. What shall I do?

Medically or surgery. For mild anal stenosis, try conservative management with diet, fiber supplement and stool softeners. For moderate stenosis, consider anal dilation procedure or sphincterotomy. For severe one, surgical options with various anoplastic procedures have been shown optimal results.

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