Sphincterotomy in Dallas, TX
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What exactly is a sphincterotomy?
If you notice consistent irritation, pain, or worse when passing bowel movements, there may be more serious underlying causes to address. One potential cause for this discomfort is known as an anal fissure. Lateral internal sphincterotomy is the title of a surgery which is employed to improve anal fissures. An anal fissure is a small rip in the lining of the anus, and is often accompanied by pain and bleeding when passing stool. The internal sphincter muscle within the anus is always under tension, but exaggerated pressure has been known to progress to the occurrence of anal fissures or prevent existing fissures from healing properly. If you are seeking a provider who offers sphincterotomies in Dallas, TX, our physicians can help. Contact Digestive Health Associates of Texas to request a visit with one of our GI providers to gain answers to all of your questions.
Who should get a spincterotomy?
This treatment is reserved for those with anal fissures. Anal fissures can manifest with the following symptoms:
- Pain during bowel movements
Some anal fissures will heal on their own or with at-home therapies. Lateral internal sphincterotomy is justified in circumstances where conservative treatment measures fail to successfully heal the fissure.
How does a sphincterotomy work?
Sphincterotomy with our Dallas, TX team is conducted on an outpatient basis under either general or local anesthesia. Your GI provider creates a minor incision in the internal anal sphincter. The incision in the muscle decreases the pressure, thereby allowing the fissure to heal. The incision will be stitched with dissolvable stitches or can sometimes be left open to allow for natural healing. As is the case with any procedure, a lateral internal sphincterotomy can include a given list of risks and complications, for example, the inability to control gas or stool, pain, bleeding, infection at the incision site, and trouble with the passing of urine. We encourage you to have a conversation regarding all the benefits as well as risks related to this procedure with your Digestive Health Associates of Texas provider.
Healing for anal fissures
Anal fissures sometimes heal naturally without more extreme medical intervention. Still, if you suffer from an anal fissure that will not heal and which is seemingly resistant to the more conservative treatment efforts, a sphincterotomy may be something that could help you. If you have unanswered questions in regard to the sphincterotomy or any other method of treatment for anal fissures, please connect with a Digestive Health Associates of Texas provider. As a physician-led group of GI providers, Digestive Health Associates of Texas works toward the goal of being able to provide patient-focused treatment for gastrointestinal problems like anal fissures. If you are in search of a provider who performs sphincterotomies in Dallas, TX, please request an appointment with us today.
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