Sphincterotomy in Hattiesburg, MS

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Lateral internal sphincterotomy is the name of a surgery employed to improve anal fissures. An anal fissure is a tear within the lining of one's anus and may be characterized by bleeding and pain with bowel movements. The internal anal sphincter muscle is under constant tension, but an elevation in pressure can proceed to the occurrence of anal fissures or can prevent a current fissure from healing. If you are seeking a provider who offers sphincterotomies in Hattiesburg, MS, our physicians can help. Reach out to Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC to request a visit with one of our GI providers to gain answers to all of your questions.

A sphincterotomy procedure is performed on individuals dealing with anal fissures. Anal fissures often present with the following symptoms:

  • Painful bowel movements
  • Bleeding
  • Itching

Many cases of anal fissures may be able to improve on their own or in combination with at-home therapies. A lateral internal sphincterotomy is necessary for circumstances where more conservative approaches cannot successfully heal the fissure.

Our Hattiesburg, MS specialists perform a sphincterotomy as an outpatient procedure and under either general or local anesthesia. Your GI specialist creates a small incision within the internal anal sphincter. The incision in the muscle reduces the pressure, thereby allowing the fissure to close. The incision will then either be closed with dissolvable stitches or is allowed to remain open to heal naturally. As in any surgery, a lateral internal sphincterotomy may involve certain risks and complications, like incontinence of stool or gas, bleeding, pain, infection at the site of the incision, and a struggle with the passing of urine. We urge you to have a conversation regarding the complete list of possible benefits as well as risks related to this treatment with your Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC gastroenterologist.

Anal fissures can heal of their own accord. However, if you are experiencing an anal fissure that is not healing and is not responding to the more traditional methods, a sphincterotomy might be something that could help you. Should you have other questions regarding the sphincterotomy or other methods of treating anal fissures, it would be in your best interest to reach out to a Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC provider. As a physician-led network of GI providers, Hattiesburg GI Associates, PLLC works toward the goal of being able to provide patient-centered care for gastroenterology problems such as anal fissures. If you are seeking a provider who specializes in sphincterotomies in Hattiesburg, MS, please request a consultation with us today.

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