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Old 07-19-2009, 04:00 PM   #1
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still in pain from anal fissures

What I am really wondering is are there people out there who have made a full recovery from chronic fissures. When I say full recovery I mean are you able to live the life that you did before (except for maybe diet). Are you able to go out and play tennis, lift weights, be active without pain?

I am a 27 year old male that has been battling with anal fissures now for six years. The problem initially started around March of 2003. I started experiencing pain while having bowl movements. I tried to initally ignore the pain and kept on living how I had been. I was extremely active lifting weight 4-5 times per week for 1-2 hrs per day. The lifting seemed to make matters worse. On top of this I was taking protein supplements which ended up giving me diarhea, which definitely made things worse. After visiting my family doctor they diagnosed me with hemorroids and sent me home with some hydrocortisone suppositories and told me to start taking fiber supplements. What they forget to mention is the importance of drinking TONS of water when taking fiber supplements. I ended up more constipated then I had ever been in my life. I was finally able to have a bowl movement after about 3 days. When I did it felt like I was tearing my insides out. The pain was beyond belief. Needless to say this took a problem that was bad and made it unbearable. Shortly thereafter I seen a specialist and was diagnosed with fissures. When having bowl movements I was bleeding a lot and having spasms that would leave me in pain for the rest of the day. The doctor suggested I have surgery and at that point I thought I couldn't really go on much longer the way I was living. I decided to go ahead with the surgery. During the surgery they also identified that I had at least one hemorride and multiple fissures. The doctor performed a anal ulcerectomy and a one-quadrant hemorrhoidectomy. What I didn't know at that time was that the next couple months of my life would pain like I had never felt. What before had been spasm for a couple hours and then less pain the rest of the day became constant spasms the entire day. Nothing would touch the pain including all the pain killers I had been given. One day the pain was so great I ended up over dosing on the pain killers and became extremely sick. After several months the pain did begin to lessen. After a year the spasms had totally stopped and all bleeding was gone; however, the pain had not totally disappeared.

It's now been six years since I had the surgery and I still deal with pain every single time I have a bowl movement. I drink around a gallon of water per day and make sure to always keep my fiber intake up. I did visit a specialist again about a year ago and I was told I still have a fissure. I'm sure the fissure is chronic and will not heal itself without surgery but after my last experience I cannot bring myself to have the surgery again unless I know it's possible to fully recover from this condition. If anyone on this board has had chronic anal fissures and fully recovered please please post here and give some details on your experience. I have did a lot of reading on this subject and one thing I have noticed is that a lot of people post when they are having problems (when they can't take the pain any longer) but after things get somewhat better you don't hear from them again (unless things get bad again). This makes it extremely hard to know if people are truly getting better or just able to deal with the problem (like I have).

 
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:39 PM   #2
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Re: Is it possible to make a full recovery from anal fissures?

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What I am really wondering is are there people out there who have made a full recovery from chronic fissures. When I say full recovery I mean are you able to live the life that you did before (except for maybe diet). Are you able to go out and play tennis, lift weights, be active without pain?

I am a 27 year old male that has been battling with anal fissures now for six years. The problem initially started around March of 2003. I started experiencing pain while having bowl movements. I tried to initally ignore the pain and kept on living how I had been. I was extremely active lifting weight 4-5 times per week for 1-2 hrs per day. The lifting seemed to make matters worse. On top of this I was taking protein supplements which ended up giving me diarhea, which definitely made things worse. After visiting my family doctor they diagnosed me with hemorroids and sent me home with some hydrocortisone suppositories and told me to start taking fiber supplements. What they forget to mention is the importance of drinking TONS of water when taking fiber supplements. I ended up more constipated then I had ever been in my life. I was finally able to have a bowl movement after about 3 days. When I did it felt like I was tearing my insides out. The pain was beyond belief. Needless to say this took a problem that was bad and made it unbearable. Shortly thereafter I seen a specialist and was diagnosed with fissures. When having bowl movements I was bleeding a lot and having spasms that would leave me in pain for the rest of the day. The doctor suggested I have surgery and at that point I thought I couldn't really go on much longer the way I was living. I decided to go ahead with the surgery. During the surgery they also identified that I had at least one hemorride and multiple fissures. The doctor performed a anal ulcerectomy and a one-quadrant hemorrhoidectomy. What I didn't know at that time was that the next couple months of my life would pain like I had never felt. What before had been spasm for a couple hours and then less pain the rest of the day became constant spasms the entire day. Nothing would touch the pain including all the pain killers I had been given. One day the pain was so great I ended up over dosing on the pain killers and became extremely sick. After several months the pain did begin to lessen. After a year the spasms had totally stopped and all bleeding was gone; however, the pain had not totally disappeared.

It's now been six years since I had the surgery and I still deal with pain every single time I have a bowl movement. I drink around a gallon of water per day and make sure to always keep my fiber intake up. I did visit a specialist again about a year ago and I was told I still have a fissure. I'm sure the fissure is chronic and will not heal itself without surgery but after my last experience I cannot bring myself to have the surgery again unless I know it's possible to fully recover from this condition. If anyone on this board has had chronic anal fissures and fully recovered please please post here and give some details on your experience. I have did a lot of reading on this subject and one thing I have noticed is that a lot of people post when they are having problems (when they can't take the pain any longer) but after things get somewhat better you don't hear from them again (unless things get bad again). This makes it extremely hard to know if people are truly getting better or just able to deal with the problem (like I have).
Hi, first a little info on myself

I had an anal fissure about 2 years ago, after suffering from the pain for a month I went ahead and got the anal sphinterectomy surgery done, very minor surgery, the procedure itself is just 15-30 minutes and total time stay in hospital is 3-4 hours. the very next day i felt better, and in about 3 days i didnt have any pain while going to the restroom.

I read ur post and it seems u had a different procedure done, from what I know, anal sphinterectomy is the correct procedure for healing anal fissures, and the recovery period is often a week, make sure u find a good experienced surgeon, you dont want some doogie howser lookin kid workin on ya. you need a surgeon with wrinkled hands and some gray hairs

After my surgery, everything was fine, i was able to go out again, do and eat whatever i wanted without worrying about the fissure, then last year something bad happened, i got another fissure !, right now i am living w- this fissure for a year, and i think i will get a second anal sphinterectomy done. My first surgeon told me Id never have this problem again, but Im sure im to blame also, im about 100lbs overweight, i eat a lot of fried stuff, dont drink as much water as i should, so i guess i kinda deserve it, but it seems to me ur a fit guy, lifting weights , etc... so you should get the anal sphinterectomy surgery done and then move on with your life.

Chronic Fissures are a hassle to get rid of, for now, try soaking in a tub of hot water 3-5 times a day, and get ur doctor to prescribe you .02% nitroglycerin ointment, which is supposed to relax ur muscles down there and promote healing, i have the cream myself, but sometimes im in so much pain i cant think about putting my fingers in there, sometimes the muscles are spasming so bad that its very tight to get anything through in there.

i hope my post helps a little, sorry for posting so muh.

 
Old 07-20-2009, 05:15 PM   #3
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Re: Is it possible to make a full recovery from anal fissures?

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Hi, first a little info on myself

I had an anal fissure about 2 years ago, after suffering from the pain for a month I went ahead and got the anal sphinterectomy surgery done, very minor surgery, the procedure itself is just 15-30 minutes and total time stay in hospital is 3-4 hours. the very next day i felt better, and in about 3 days i didnt have any pain while going to the restroom.

I read ur post and it seems u had a different procedure done, from what I know, anal sphinterectomy is the correct procedure for healing anal fissures, and the recovery period is often a week, make sure u find a good experienced surgeon, you dont want some doogie howser lookin kid workin on ya. you need a surgeon with wrinkled hands and some gray hairs

After my surgery, everything was fine, i was able to go out again, do and eat whatever i wanted without worrying about the fissure, then last year something bad happened, i got another fissure !, right now i am living w- this fissure for a year, and i think i will get a second anal sphinterectomy done. My first surgeon told me Id never have this problem again, but Im sure im to blame also, im about 100lbs overweight, i eat a lot of fried stuff, dont drink as much water as i should, so i guess i kinda deserve it, but it seems to me ur a fit guy, lifting weights , etc... so you should get the anal sphinterectomy surgery done and then move on with your life.

Chronic Fissures are a hassle to get rid of, for now, try soaking in a tub of hot water 3-5 times a day, and get ur doctor to prescribe you .02% nitroglycerin ointment, which is supposed to relax ur muscles down there and promote healing, i have the cream myself, but sometimes im in so much pain i cant think about putting my fingers in there, sometimes the muscles are spasming so bad that its very tight to get anything through in there.

i hope my post helps a little, sorry for posting so muh.
Thanks for the reply. I am sorry to hear you have another fissure. The procedures I had done actually consisted of removing the fissures and one or more hemorroids. It was extremely painful. The surgery was done by a doctor is his 60s that was a Colon and Rectal specialist. Since the surgery I have investigated all the different treatment options for chronic fissures. I am aware that anal sphinterectomy is one of them. The problem I have with this surgery is that they actually cut your sphinter muscle. If they muscle is cut to much you will lose the ability to control your bowls. I sort of doubt your doctor will conduct this surgery on you again because of this but I could be wrong. I have also tried the nitroglycerin. It made me feel extremely weird, so much so that I almost went to the emergency room. Since them I am scared to try the stuff again. My problem is really that I am probably 85% recovered. I have pain after every bowl movement for about six hours but no spasms or bleeding. On a scale of 1 (least pain) to 10 (worst pain) I would rate my pain usually around a 3-4. I have noticed that any kind of excerise (including a lot of walking) makes it worse. It is very hard for me to have surgery when I know I will be in a LOT of pain again and with no guarantee it will heal the problem completely anyways. My fear is that I will go through all of that and just end up right where I'm at a year from now. The main problem I have with just a anal sphinterectomy is that if you have a chronic fissure it will never fully heal because of the scare tissue that remains. I hope a few more people will chime in with their experiences.

 
Old 07-22-2009, 04:24 PM   #4
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Hey there,

Sorry to hear about your troubles. I can't offer any real helpful feedback, as I'm only beginning my wonderful journey with fissures (I've had hemorrhoids for years but the fissure is definitely something else). But if it helps at all, I'm in a very similar situation, I'm 30 years old and used to be quite active with snowboarding, biking, etc., but have been the world's biggest couch potato for the last few months. I'm paranoid about what I eat out of fear it'll give me constipation or diarrhea, and am terrified of every bowel movement and the pain/bleeding it brings.

If you don't mind my asking, do you know how your original problem started? Was it traceable to any particular event or series of events, like constipation caused by medicine or poor diet, or did it just kind of happen spontaneously?

 
Old 07-23-2009, 10:51 AM   #5
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Re: Is it possible to make a full recovery from anal fissures?

Sorry to hear about your ordeal. Here is my experience with a chronic fissure.

Unlike many people on this board, I did not have a long history of painful fissure events. For about 20 years I thought I was having hemorrhoid flare ups. I did not have the excruciating pain during and after BM's so never thought about fissures. However during these "flare ups" I did have bleeding and some pain just not the shards of glass type of pain.

Last October I had the more typical pain and bleeding of a fissure and it was unlike anything I had ever experienced and there was no way I was going to continue on with it. So I finally went to see a colo-rectal surgeon. Turns out that I did not have hemorrhoids at all. I had a chronic fissure accompanied by 2 classic signs of a chronic fissure-a sentinel tag and an enlarged papilla. These 2 signs are why I thought I had hemorrhoids.

He told me that I needed LIS and after doing much research I discovered it is the best way to successfully cure a chronic fissure. I had the surgery last October along with removal of the sentinel tag and enlarged papilla and for me it was quick, relatively painless and now I have no problems. Now, I must add that I am 48, very fit and active and eat a well balanced diet. I also supplement my fiber intake with 1 tsp of psyillium in my OJ in the morning and have been doing so for years.

After LIS and maintaining my healthy lifestyle going to the bathroom has never been so quick and easy.

I hope this helps. If you did not see a colo-rectal surgeon before I would recommend you do so now. I think if you are prone to fissures thereby creating an acute problem you need to address the underlying cause of the problem which may be the fact that your sphincter is too tight. Yes, LIS is a bit scary but if you look at the stats very few people end up with incontinence. Just make sure you have an experienced doctor.

 
Old 07-28-2009, 07:57 AM   #6
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Re: Is it possible to make a full recovery from anal fissures?

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Sorry to hear about your ordeal. Here is my experience with a chronic fissure.

Unlike many people on this board, I did not have a long history of painful fissure events. For about 20 years I thought I was having hemorrhoid flare ups. I did not have the excruciating pain during and after BM's so never thought about fissures. However during these "flare ups" I did have bleeding and some pain just not the shards of glass type of pain.

Last October I had the more typical pain and bleeding of a fissure and it was unlike anything I had ever experienced and there was no way I was going to continue on with it. So I finally went to see a colo-rectal surgeon. Turns out that I did not have hemorrhoids at all. I had a chronic fissure accompanied by 2 classic signs of a chronic fissure-a sentinel tag and an enlarged papilla. These 2 signs are why I thought I had hemorrhoids.

He told me that I needed LIS and after doing much research I discovered it is the best way to successfully cure a chronic fissure. I had the surgery last October along with removal of the sentinel tag and enlarged papilla and for me it was quick, relatively painless and now I have no problems. Now, I must add that I am 48, very fit and active and eat a well balanced diet. I also supplement my fiber intake with 1 tsp of psyillium in my OJ in the morning and have been doing so for years.

After LIS and maintaining my healthy lifestyle going to the bathroom has never been so quick and easy.

I hope this helps. If you did not see a colo-rectal surgeon before I would recommend you do so now. I think if you are prone to fissures thereby creating an acute problem you need to address the underlying cause of the problem which may be the fact that your sphincter is too tight. Yes, LIS is a bit scary but if you look at the stats very few people end up with incontinence. Just make sure you have an experienced doctor.

Thanks for your reply Ruby. I have read a lot about LIS. It definitely seems like a good option in some respects. What I don't understand is how it actually works. I mean I understand they cut your sphincter muscle to loosen things up which is supposed to allow the chronic fissure(s) to heal. However, I was told and have read that chronic fissures will have scare tissue which will never heal and has to be removed. This leads me to believe that you would need to have the fissure removed and have LIS and be fully cured. From what you posted above it appears you didn't actually have the fissure removed correct? Can you give more details on the level of pain you had after LIS and also if you ever have any kinds of pain down there now. I mean are you able to play sports, etc. without it acting up at all?

The doctor that did my surgery was a colon and rectal specialist. When I returned to the Colon and Rectal clinic about a year ago my original I found out that this doctor had retired. Once realizing this I looked up who their oldest and most experienced doctor currently was and went to visit him. He told me I still had a fissure and suggested a fissuredectomy (sp) and instead of sowing shut the wound he wanted to leave it open. He said it heals a lot better this way. This technique still makes no sense to me though. It likes healing a fissure by creating a fissure.

 
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Re: Is it possible to make a full recovery from anal fissures?

Ask your CRS about cauterizing it with silver nitrate.

 
Old 07-29-2009, 01:13 AM   #8
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Thanks for your reply Ruby. I have read a lot about LIS. It definitely seems like a good option in some respects. What I don't understand is how it actually works. I mean I understand they cut your sphincter muscle to loosen things up which is supposed to allow the chronic fissure(s) to heal. However, I was told and have read that chronic fissures will have scare tissue which will never heal and has to be removed. This leads me to believe that you would need to have the fissure removed and have LIS and be fully cured. From what you posted above it appears you didn't actually have the fissure removed correct? Can you give more details on the level of pain you had after LIS and also if you ever have any kinds of pain down there now. I mean are you able to play sports, etc. without it acting up at all?

The doctor that did my surgery was a colon and rectal specialist. When I returned to the Colon and Rectal clinic about a year ago my original I found out that this doctor had retired. Once realizing this I looked up who their oldest and most experienced doctor currently was and went to visit him. He told me I still had a fissure and suggested a fissuredectomy (sp) and instead of sowing shut the wound he wanted to leave it open. He said it heals a lot better this way. This technique still makes no sense to me though. It likes healing a fissure by creating a fissure.
removing the fissure ? im confused, a fissure is a tear in your skin inside your anal canal ? how would that be removed ? you can't remove tears, they just heal. The LIS cuts the spasming sphlinter which relaxes and let's the "cut" heal.

 
Old 07-29-2009, 07:20 AM   #9
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Re: Is it possible to make a full recovery from anal fissures?

Gondore:

I did not have the fissure removed. My pain after LIS was minimal. In fact, I took one pain pill the evening after my surgery as a preventative measure and came to find out that it was unnecessary. I also had an external skin tag removed which is supposed to be very painful but that was not my experience. Now maybe I have a high pain tolerance...

In regard to current state. I have no pain at all. My activity level is high. I work out everyday, aerobics, elliptical machine and weight training. I hike and bike with no discomfort at all. My morning BM is effortless, unlike I can ever remember.

As far as how these procedures work at healing fissures, while I am not a doctor here is what I have come to understand.

Fissures are very common. Most people get them and they heal naturally. It is a somewhat quick healing area of our bodies. Others get them and they heal with a little at home TLC. People like me get one and it is unable to heal because the anal sphincter is too tight thereby not allowing the wound to close and heal. If you have a sphincter problem, the only way to completely cure a fissure is LIS.

There are those that do not have a sphincter problem yet still have recurring fissures. In that case a fissurectomy is done to create a new wound with clean margins in hopes that will help in the healing process. The wound is left open during healing. This does work for some people. However, if the cause of the problem is a tight sphincter this will most likely not be the ultimate cure.

It is quite possible that a have a scar from the acute fissure but it is not causing me any problems and I am not quite sure why scar tissue would be a problem.

My two cents, hope it helps.

 
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Ask your CRS about cauterizing it with silver nitrate.
I haven't heard anything but negative things about this method. Could you please relate your experience with this technique and why you would suggest it?

 
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Gondore:

I did not have the fissure removed. My pain after LIS was minimal. In fact, I took one pain pill the evening after my surgery as a preventative measure and came to find out that it was unnecessary. I also had an external skin tag removed which is supposed to be very painful but that was not my experience. Now maybe I have a high pain tolerance...

In regard to current state. I have no pain at all. My activity level is high. I work out everyday, aerobics, elliptical machine and weight training. I hike and bike with no discomfort at all. My morning BM is effortless, unlike I can ever remember.

As far as how these procedures work at healing fissures, while I am not a doctor here is what I have come to understand.

Fissures are very common. Most people get them and they heal naturally. It is a somewhat quick healing area of our bodies. Others get them and they heal with a little at home TLC. People like me get one and it is unable to heal because the anal sphincter is too tight thereby not allowing the wound to close and heal. If you have a sphincter problem, the only way to completely cure a fissure is LIS.

There are those that do not have a sphincter problem yet still have recurring fissures. In that case a fissurectomy is done to create a new wound with clean margins in hopes that will help in the healing process. The wound is left open during healing. This does work for some people. However, if the cause of the problem is a tight sphincter this will most likely not be the ultimate cure.

It is quite possible that a have a scar from the acute fissure but it is not causing me any problems and I am not quite sure why scar tissue would be a problem.

My two cents, hope it helps.
Thank you for sharing this information, it is very helpful to me and gives me hope for my future. Can you go into detail on your level of pain before the procedure (where you having extreme spasms, etc), why you chose LIS versus other methods, how long it took you to recover after the surgery enough to return to work, and if you struggle with being able to "hold it" now when the urge to have a BM comes on.

When I had my fissurectomy they actually sowed the would shut. The most recent doctor I spoke with said he has better luck leaving it open to heal. Either way I now from experience that a fissurectomy is a very very painful experience (which didn't even work last time) and I would like to avoid it if at all possible.

 
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Re: Is it possible to make a full recovery from anal fissures?

In the weeks prior to having LIS, I was having the classic extreme fissure pain while having a BM...like passing shards of glass. This was pain I have never experienced before. Then the pain stayed with me through most of the day making everything, exercise, walking, sitting, etc...uncomfortable. By the end of the day it would feel better only to repeat the cycle again in the morning. I spent a lot of time soaking in the tub hoping it would heal.

I really don't know if I was having spasms or not. I just know I was in pain for a long time everyday and it was unacceptable.

The pain was so bad that I made an appointment with a colorectal surgeon. This after 20 years of what I thought were hemorrhoidal flare ups but were actually fissure flare ups, but without the extreme pain. As you know, this is not a fun appointment to make but it indicates, that for me the pain was very severe. He told me I needed LIS. I did the research and found that I had all the classic signs of a chronic fissure and if you suffer from chronic fissures it more than likely indicates that you are unable to heal the fissure due to the sphincter being too tight.

The classic signs of a fissure are a sentinel skin tag and an enlarged papilla. They develop as protective mechanisms and may account for why I did not experience a lot of pain over the years.

I don't think a fissurectomy will help you if your problem is chronic, as the chronic nature is more than likely due to a tight sphincter. If your sphincter was fine you would heal naturally.

I have not had any troubles "holding it". At first I did have little passes of gas that I couldn't control but that has since stopped happening. I have read that the sphincter tightens up over the course of a year or so. I have had terrific results and would do it again.

 
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In the weeks prior to having LIS, I was having the classic extreme fissure pain while having a BM...like passing shards of glass. This was pain I have never experienced before. Then the pain stayed with me through most of the day making everything, exercise, walking, sitting, etc...uncomfortable. By the end of the day it would feel better only to repeat the cycle again in the morning. I spent a lot of time soaking in the tub hoping it would heal.

I really don't know if I was having spasms or not. I just know I was in pain for a long time everyday and it was unacceptable.

The pain was so bad that I made an appointment with a colorectal surgeon. This after 20 years of what I thought were hemorrhoidal flare ups but were actually fissure flare ups, but without the extreme pain. As you know, this is not a fun appointment to make but it indicates, that for me the pain was very severe. He told me I needed LIS. I did the research and found that I had all the classic signs of a chronic fissure and if you suffer from chronic fissures it more than likely indicates that you are unable to heal the fissure due to the sphincter being too tight.

The classic signs of a fissure are a sentinel skin tag and an enlarged papilla. They develop as protective mechanisms and may account for why I did not experience a lot of pain over the years.

I don't think a fissurectomy will help you if your problem is chronic, as the chronic nature is more than likely due to a tight sphincter. If your sphincter was fine you would heal naturally.

I have not had any troubles "holding it". At first I did have little passes of gas that I couldn't control but that has since stopped happening. I have read that the sphincter tightens up over the course of a year or so. I have had terrific results and would do it again.
I didn't know the sphincter tigthens back up, i have had LIS before, then a year after , I got a fissure again, i've now had it for 1 year and a half, it's so frustrating, I don't want to get the surgery again, i've already had it done and it came back, but I guess I have no choice, the 0.2% nitroglycerin isn't workin for me, I have a hard problem getting the cream in there since it's so tight. only thing that helps is sitting in a tub of hot water, but that only relaxes the sphinter, doesn't heal it. this really sucks.

 
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Oh, I am sorry to hear about the recurrence.

In my post I meant that after LIS the sphincter will tighten up just a bit, not back to it's original tightness, over the course of the first year. This has been shown in many studies. Some people will experience incontinence or gas leakage immediately following LIS but they have found that this will lessen/abate over the course of the first year as the sphincter tightens up just a bit. The studies I have seen also show very little fissure recurrence, so I am sorry to hear about yours.

 
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Re: Is it possible to make a full recovery from anal fissures?

I am a 30 year old male who has been suffering from a fissure for about 5 years. About two months ago the pain was like nothing I have ever experienced before. I could hardly walk. I went to a colorectal surgeon and after he examined me he called it an "angry fissure." His recommendation was to have a fissurectomy and a sphincterotomy. I asked him why not the normal LIS and he said that he has done thousands of the fissurectomy surgeries with great success and it is my best option.

Well, I wish I would have been more insistent or seen another doctor because the pain after surgery was of astronomical proportions. My two main problems just after surgery was the inability to urinate and the muscle spasms. My doctor never told me that these spasms might occur and they are normal. The first night, neither me or my wife got any sleep because I was in so much pain, mainly due to the uncontrollable spasms.

Pain started to go down after about 2 weeks. It was tolerable enough to go back to work, but still in alot of pain. It is now about 5-6 weeks after surgery and I have started bleeding again. It seems that the site of the sphincterotomy is healed, but the part that is still giving me problems is where the fissurectomy was performed. The pain is back up to about where my normal episodes were before the surgery. I've started using neosporin to help with healing, but it has only been a few days, so I hope it gets better. The area causing problems feels different than it did before the surgery. The best way for me to describe it is a ridge or a raised area from hip to hip just inside the anus. Does anyone have any idea what this could be? I would really like to give it a few more weeks before going back to the doctor for his opinion.

If anyone out there is considering a fissurectomy, think twice. I have read many sources on the internet (unfortunately after my surgery) saying total recovery time can be 2, 3, even 4 months. I wish I just got the LIS.

 
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