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Old 09-02-2010, 07:04 PM   #1
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Bleeding after Anal Fissure Surgery

Hi, Everyone - I had my sphincterotomy Monday (four days ago) and the bleeding had just about stopped; however, today when I felt I might have a bowel movement, instead I saw bright red bleeding. I got up so as not to cause any more bleeding and took a Senna Plus tablet (already had taken several stool softeners earlier). How long should this bleeding last or when should I be worried enough to call my surgeon?

Thanks a lot.

Old 09-04-2010, 04:11 PM   #2
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Re: Bleeding after Anal Fissure Surgery

I had a similar thing happen too. The bleeding went away the next day though. I hope you are doing better today. If you have a lot of bleeding or you just need reassurance, don't hesitate to contact your surgeon.

Keep the area clean with sitz baths and use moist cloth/tissue or water (squirt bottle) to clean after bm. Dry the area with a blow dryer on cool setting if possible. But careful with the stool softners and don't want diarrhea. It will irritate the area.

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Old 09-04-2010, 05:42 PM   #3
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Re: Bleeding after Anal Fissure Surgery

Thank you so much for your reply, Holdingon. The bleeding has definitely slowed down and it still bleeds most after a BM. These have finally been easier and less concentrated because of my concerted efforts to eat WAY more fiber than usual and to continue drinking great amounts of water. I haven't taken any softeners today so hope this means I'm on the mend. The pain is still pretty bad, though - I really don't see how people can go back to work soon after having this operation. I haven't even thought about driving a car anywhere at this point!

This is a great web site and I sincerely appreciate any responses.

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