It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Bowel Disorders Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-14-2012, 12:21 PM   #31
Newbie
(male)
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South Georgia
Posts: 3
Terryisbetter HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

To Tweetums & DailyHope, I am pleased to hear you are both better. I hope any lingering issues will or have resolved themselves for you. I am now, I guess, about 7 weeks post surgery and haven't had any further problems to speak of other than some uncomfortable feeling of "un-healedness" earlier on. It is so much better than my life 2 months ago. I was miserable. I was afraid to use that word fearing God might decide to show me what Miserable can really mean, but someone told me it was OK and that it could be "My" miserable. I still hit the metamucil once a day, 2-3 softeners, and try to drink more water ( I never have been a big drinker of water or anything else other than Coke ) I hope and pray this is over for me for the next few years or lifetime or so. Thanks again to you two for your dialog, I am certain others were following as I did and were at least informed if not encouraged.

 
Old 11-15-2012, 08:41 AM   #32
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: california
Posts: 45
Tweetums HB UserTweetums HB UserTweetums HB UserTweetums HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

Quote:
Originally Posted by Terryisbetter View Post
To Tweetums & DailyHope, I am pleased to hear you are both better. I hope any lingering issues will or have resolved themselves for you. I am now, I guess, about 7 weeks post surgery and haven't had any further problems to speak of other than some uncomfortable feeling of "un-healedness" earlier on. It is so much better than my life 2 months ago. I was miserable. I was afraid to use that word fearing God might decide to show me what Miserable can really mean, but someone told me it was OK and that it could be "My" miserable. I still hit the metamucil once a day, 2-3 softeners, and try to drink more water ( I never have been a big drinker of water or anything else other than Coke ) I hope and pray this is over for me for the next few years or lifetime or so. Thanks again to you two for your dialog, I am certain others were following as I did and were at least informed if not encouraged.
Hello, Terry -

So glad you're on the mend, as well. This fissure stuff is a tough road, for sure. It's taken me every bit of this year, since my surgery at the end of January, to feel somewhat better. Even at that, I sometimes feel a twinge of discomfort - NOT any throbbing fissure pain - just a lingering "pulling" that is very superficial. I might opt for a second procedure (which would be superficial and external), just to ease the skin up a bit, but I'm not even sure I want to do that. For the most part, I've felt much, MUCH better.

Thanks for staying in touch. This type of malady is not something that people seem to talk freely about - because I'm sure more people out there suffer from fissures, than talk about them.

I wish you well and God's best. Please keep us informed as you recover.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 02-24-2013, 06:07 PM   #33
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: USA
Posts: 42
holdingon HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

Tweetums. I had the surgery a couple years ago. My experience was far from pleasant and also unusual. I still question my decision but am admittedly in less pain. I had that dull ache for many months but it did go away so I hope your pain will fade away soon if it hasn't already.

Are you having any other symptoms aside from the pain? I still have pain but it is from having a small amount of incontinence which causes painfully irritated skin. It can be a little depressing. There aren't many people who come back to report that they fell within that percentage that has complications years later so I thought I'd chime in. Sorry that I have no advice for anyone who may be reading this. Just wanted to put it out there. Maybe someone else has some helpful information or recovery story. My doc recommended physical therapy but I haven't pursued that yet.

 
Old 02-24-2013, 06:23 PM   #34
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: california
Posts: 45
Tweetums HB UserTweetums HB UserTweetums HB UserTweetums HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

Quote:
Originally Posted by holdingon View Post
Tweetums. I had the surgery a couple years ago. My experience was far from pleasant and also unusual. I still question my decision but am admittedly in less pain. I had that dull ache for many months but it did go away so I hope your pain will fade away soon if it hasn't already.

Are you having any other symptoms aside from the pain? I still have pain but it is from having a small amount of incontinence which causes painfully irritated skin. It can be a little depressing. There aren't many people who come back to report that they fell within that percentage that has complications years later so I thought I'd chime in. Sorry that I have no advice for anyone who may be reading this. Just wanted to put it out there. Maybe someone else has some helpful information or recovery story. My doc recommended physical therapy but I haven't pursued that yet.
Thank you, holdingon, for sharing your experience with the healing process. I hope you're right about the pain. Today I got on my bicycle and rode around - and it didn't seem to hurt me, any - but it's taken me a year (after surgery) to get to the point where I've felt I could ride my bike. --- I think part of my discomfort is due to how I've healed (with a very small tag) and also to the fact that I don't have much of a cushion on my bottom -- I've had two Crs's comment on my small, bony backside.

I haven't had any incontinence, whatsoever - just some lingering discomfort (sometimes soreness), and some days worse than others. --- You're absolutely right - that if things aren't quite clean down below (post bm), the skin becomes irritated. So, though I don't have incontinence, I do have to make sure I'm clean down there.

I'm wondering about your doc's suggestion of physical therapy . . . What kind of physical therapy, and how might that help? I'm certainly interested in it, if that can help me.

I hope you get this post and can reply. TY!! - and btw, I wish you painfree days and a happy bottom.

 
Old 02-25-2013, 12:12 PM   #35
Junior Member
(male)
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: England
Posts: 17
Dizzynscared HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

I had LIS and Fissurectomy 3 years ago but still have ongoing pain. Occasionally I have a re-tear as well which takes a few weeks to heal. My Colo-rectal Surgeon seems to think I'll have intermittent bouts of Sphincter pain and re-tears due to the very nature of the operation.

 
Old 02-25-2013, 12:24 PM   #36
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: california
Posts: 45
Tweetums HB UserTweetums HB UserTweetums HB UserTweetums HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dizzynscared View Post
I had LIS and Fissurectomy 3 years ago but still have ongoing pain. Occasionally I have a re-tear as well which takes a few weeks to heal. My Colo-rectal Surgeon seems to think I'll have intermittent bouts of Sphincter pain and re-tears due to the very nature of the operation.

Hi, Dizzy -

My CRS (who performed my surgery) has said that getting another fissure, post-surgery, is rare. Neither he, nor another CRS I've seen, has found a fissure in me, since my surgery.

That said, the surgery does seem to bring its own side-effects, in that I sometimes go through pain and soreness, too - which I think is around the scar area of the surgical site. I must say that I haven't had any fissure-type of pain - and for that, the surgery was well worth it . . . but still, the recovery has been difficult and long.

My guess is that you're going through the same thing . . . maybe some pain from having the surgery, due to the tissues having been cut and all. Did you also have a fissurectomy? I did, at the same time as my LIS, and it seems to have prolonged my recovery.

TY for weighing in on this. It's helpful to know how people's various "recoveries" are going.

 
Old 02-25-2013, 08:13 PM   #37
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: USA
Posts: 42
holdingon HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

The physical therapy is kegal exercise training or something like it, I think. I don't know what it would entail (no pun intended) but my doc said some people find it "pleasant." Don't know about that but it might be worth a try at some point.

 
Old 02-25-2013, 09:13 PM   #38
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: california
Posts: 45
Tweetums HB UserTweetums HB UserTweetums HB UserTweetums HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

Quote:
Originally Posted by holdingon View Post
The physical therapy is kegal exercise training or something like it, I think. I don't know what it would entail (no pun intended) but my doc said some people find it "pleasant." Don't know about that but it might be worth a try at some point.
Hmm, okay. Who knows, it might help.

Let me know if you try it -- neither of my Crs's have recommended that sort of thing, which makes me think they're strictly surgeons, with little-to-no training in that sort of therapy.

 
Old 02-27-2013, 02:50 PM   #39
Inactive
(female)
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: VA, USA
Posts: 94
ShoreBette HB UserShoreBette HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tweetums View Post
ShoreBette - I'm Tweetums, just me, alone - I do not know the other posters here, personally, other than exchanging experiences here on this forum.

Thank you for your good wishes -- I still struggle with soreness in my bottom area - it's not fissure pain, but a dull-type of soreness. Two Crs's have said I'm healed and that they don't see anything awry.

Sometimes I feel like I'll never get over this. Yes - almost a year later, I'm still dealing with recovery. Maybe for me it will eventually toughen up in there and not be touchy, anymore.

All the best to you and Happy New Year.
Thanks Tweetums....i hope you and dailyhope have continued to stay in touch, as you both have such similar comunication styles..it is hard to find people to discuss such personal procedures.....thankfully they will at times...it helps us all

I am 3 wks post from lateral sphinct. and had six hemorroids banded....i am still very uncomfortable....but i suspect i have been dealing with these problems for about 10 yrs without realizing much of my pain involved the retum...my recovery is complicated with right buttock muscle pulling and tightness that goes to my ankle....

I am thinking right about now, that my situation is very unique....because of the entire hip to ankle muscle issues....when i went to the CR surgeon, i thought i was going to address hemorroids...he said fissure possibly...prescribed the compounding cream...and things worse..

I read about fissures and the spasms that accompany them, and thought if your rectum stays in spasms, it might involve the hip muscles, pelvic floor...not treated, or mis treated, i should say and it turns into a secondary problem....i started complaining about my tailbone area going into the anus 10 yrs ago, having one test after another...getting me nowhere...so i just went on tramadol and lived my life...

So for anyone who wonders what the timeline is for rectal problems to clear up without proper intervention, i am proof, that they can just get worse, and by the time you have it dealt with, other issues have entered the picture and you have no idea that you whether you are dealing with the correct ailment....

The side of the actual incision is not as sore as the right side of original pain...so it is just a guess as to whether it will truly help me at this point...as i read your posts, i had similars and differences....the bladder and pelvic floor seems to be really affected by all of this...sitting is absolutely not tolerated...neither is laying...i am of average weight, but feel as if there is not enough padding around my pelvic floorwhen it comes to sitting...

At post op appt yesterday the surgeon said it was too soon to digitally examine...for fear of soreness, but just the drive to office has created a lot of pain for me...i feel almost at week 1.....i was surprised at the level of pain this surgery has caused...was it the hemmy banding?? or thelateral sphinc. ?.. i have read some people go right back to work a week later...if i were working now and my dr only gave me a week, i would have been fired, because there is no way i could have gone back ...after one week...as it stands, i will likely miss a vaca next week...

I have generally a hard time being able to relate to other people dealing with this on the internet reading i have done, because of how it affected my buttock muscle and related problems to that.....for me, my discomfort area far exceeds the anal area ... it seemed like it got worse yearly, but options were so limited due to todays medical approaches...to treating more than one body part at a time....

I would like to comment on the pelvic pt or kegels.....it basically made my issue worse...it tightens the sphinctor for certain.....which in my case was a bad thing but may be helpful to correct incontinence...but anyone approaching this pt, be very careful the therapist has been teaching this for awhile..it is pretty complicated sometimes...if not donecorrectly...it will be hard to undo it....

 
Old 02-27-2013, 07:13 PM   #40
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: california
Posts: 45
Tweetums HB UserTweetums HB UserTweetums HB UserTweetums HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

Quote:
Originally Posted by ShoreBette View Post
Thanks Tweetums....i hope you and dailyhope have continued to stay in touch, as you both have such similar comunication styles..it is hard to find people to discuss such personal procedures.....thankfully they will at times...it helps us all

I am 3 wks post from lateral sphinct. and had six hemorroids banded....i am still very uncomfortable....but i suspect i have been dealing with these problems for about 10 yrs without realizing much of my pain involved the retum...my recovery is complicated with right buttock muscle pulling and tightness that goes to my ankle....

I am thinking right about now, that my situation is very unique....because of the entire hip to ankle muscle issues....when i went to the CR surgeon, i thought i was going to address hemorroids...he said fissure possibly...prescribed the compounding cream...and things worse..

I read about fissures and the spasms that accompany them, and thought if your rectum stays in spasms, it might involve the hip muscles, pelvic floor...not treated, or mis treated, i should say and it turns into a secondary problem....i started complaining about my tailbone area going into the anus 10 yrs ago, having one test after another...getting me nowhere...so i just went on tramadol and lived my life...

So for anyone who wonders what the timeline is for rectal problems to clear up without proper intervention, i am proof, that they can just get worse, and by the time you have it dealt with, other issues have entered the picture and you have no idea that you whether you are dealing with the correct ailment....

The side of the actual incision is not as sore as the right side of original pain...so it is just a guess as to whether it will truly help me at this point...as i read your posts, i had similars and differences....the bladder and pelvic floor seems to be really affected by all of this...sitting is absolutely not tolerated...neither is laying...i am of average weight, but feel as if there is not enough padding around my pelvic floorwhen it comes to sitting...

At post op appt yesterday the surgeon said it was too soon to digitally examine...for fear of soreness, but just the drive to office has created a lot of pain for me...i feel almost at week 1.....i was surprised at the level of pain this surgery has caused...was it the hemmy banding?? or thelateral sphinc. ?.. i have read some people go right back to work a week later...if i were working now and my dr only gave me a week, i would have been fired, because there is no way i could have gone back ...after one week...as it stands, i will likely miss a vaca next week...

I have generally a hard time being able to relate to other people dealing with this on the internet reading i have done, because of how it affected my buttock muscle and related problems to that.....for me, my discomfort area far exceeds the anal area ... it seemed like it got worse yearly, but options were so limited due to todays medical approaches...to treating more than one body part at a time....

I would like to comment on the pelvic pt or kegels.....it basically made my issue worse...it tightens the sphinctor for certain.....which in my case was a bad thing but may be helpful to correct incontinence...but anyone approaching this pt, be very careful the therapist has been teaching this for awhile..it is pretty complicated sometimes...if not donecorrectly...it will be hard to undo it....

Hello, ShoreBette -

I totally understand what you're going through - especially with regard to the anal pain's effect on the surrounding buttock muscles, etc. --- When my fissure was at its worst, I had pain in my bladder, female parts, surrounding buttock muscle, lower back, etc. It was awful - I was in absolute misery.

There must be alot of tiny nerves that connect in that general area -- so, if we're having acute pain in one, central area, it might spread to the surrounding areas. In your case, with the pain going down to your ankle, I'm thinking that your particular pain hit the nerves in your leg, going all the way down.

FTR, it took me a LONG time after surgery, for things to calm down, to the point where I wasn't in constant soreness. There were nights when I had such horrible post-op soreness - a raw pain down there - that I couldn't sleep. I remember lying down in the spare bedroom and being in absolute agony. That was within the first month (or two) after surgery. --- Since then, it's been a matter of thoroughly healing - and for me, that's taken a very long time, seems like.

I'm convinced that though I've looked healed (from the drs.' point of view), I've also needed more to heal within the deeper tissues. For the most part, I've felt much better, the past 6-7 months . . . but sometimes, I still have soreness down there - and I still have spasm episodes, too. So, for some of us, the healing takes a long while.

One thing I've tried to do (especially at night when I'm lying down and feeling the spasms) is to relax myself, as much as possible - relax down below, as much as possible.

I'm sure that, because you had the hemorrhoids banded, along with the surgery, that's going to make things more painful for you - and perhaps, you might need more recovery time. I had a fissurectomy along with the LIS, and I'm convinced that it made my healing time take alot longer.

I think that the people who only have the LIS seem to recover a bit quicker - not always, but alot of them do. --- So, give yourself ALOT more time, before you try to figure out whether or not the surgery has helped.

Think of it this way . . . you couldn't go on the way you were going - and the surgery will surely improve your situation, once you've given yourself more healing time.

I'm much better now, than I was before I had the surgery. Really, I was so, sooo miserable with the fissure, that all I could do was lie down and cry -- I spent 3-4 months like that, just lying down all day and crying, barely able to function.

Let us know how you progress -- and remember, you need time, time, time. The healing process can be lengthier for some of us.

I'll keep you in my prayers.

 
Old 04-16-2013, 11:54 AM   #41
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 2
Depressedmama HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

I had LIS and a skin tag removed 6 days ago. This has been rough for me. I am still having pain with bm and throbbing on the right side only. I examined myself last night and noticed a small bump that is a little tender in the area that I'm having pain. It looks like a red pimple. This of course freaked me out so I called the on call dr. He said To keep taking baths and that it's probably just inflammation. Anyone experience this at all?? My CRS said that I'd only have discomfort for a few days and today is day 6. Feeling very discouraged about this..

 
Old 04-16-2013, 01:41 PM   #42
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: california
Posts: 45
Tweetums HB UserTweetums HB UserTweetums HB UserTweetums HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

Hi, Depressedmama -

I'm writing to offer my support.

First of all, you're very early in your recovery. It's possible that you'll need quite a bit more time, before everything will feel somewhat normal, again. Everyone's recovery time is different -- so, please give yourself more time. The area will be very tender for awhile - there's no getting around that part - so, just make sure to keep the area clean, and watch for any disturbances.

As to the red pimple, just keep an eye on it. If it gets bigger, you'll want the doctor to look at it, asap, just in case. Otherwise, maybe it's just an inflamed or irritated area from the surgery and will ease up on its own.

I had an LIS and a fissurectomy, and I had a huge swollen area, that took weeks to subside. Like I said, complete healing can take awhile. I'm over a year past my surgery, and I've only felt fairly well for the past couple of months, with regard to pain and irritation down there. I do believe that my having the fissurectomy, in addition to the LIS, is what made my recovery time take so long - plus, I'm a slow healer, anyhow.

Please hang in there. Once you get past your recovery, I'm sure you'll be so glad you had the surgery done. I know I am.

 
Old 04-16-2013, 05:48 PM   #43
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 2
Depressedmama HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

Tweetums-
I replied back but not sure where it went... Anyways, thank you for your support. I just am disappointed because I thought it would be a easy recovery with minimal pain like my dr had told me... And it's been the opposite. I have my 2 week post op with her next week. Sure hoping I start feeling better sooner than later. I can't imagine how you have felt dealing with recovery for a year! I hope that's not my case... I wanna have another baby within the next year. This thing just leaves a person feeing very emotionally drained. Blah.

 
Old 05-01-2013, 08:40 PM   #44
Junior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: california
Posts: 45
Tweetums HB UserTweetums HB UserTweetums HB UserTweetums HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

Quote:
Originally Posted by Depressedmama View Post
Tweetums-
I replied back but not sure where it went... Anyways, thank you for your support. I just am disappointed because I thought it would be a easy recovery with minimal pain like my dr had told me... And it's been the opposite. I have my 2 week post op with her next week. Sure hoping I start feeling better sooner than later. I can't imagine how you have felt dealing with recovery for a year! I hope that's not my case... I wanna have another baby within the next year. This thing just leaves a person feeing very emotionally drained. Blah.
Hi, DM - I just got your message here.

You're right - it IS disappointing to have such a "minor" and "minimal" type of surgery turn out to be very hard to get past. I've gone through the exact same thing - and not only that, my bottom area (though MUCH better) is still not like it once was. My surgical area sometimes pains me and gets a bit tender - and it's a reminder that I have to sometimes sit on a pillow, especially if a chair is hard or if I'm traveling a long distance.

Still, I'm glad I had the surgery. I couldn't have gone on with the fissure, which made my life total and complete agony, while I had it.

I know that, given enough healing time, you'll eventually get past this. It does help to know that other have gone through this, struggled, and eventually healed to a reasonable degree. I've been very slow to heal - and the incision area is still a bit tender - but like I said, it's much better. I just sometimes have to deal with the tenderness there - like we would with most any surgery. It's just not a pleasant area to have pain in!

I'm glad you're keeping in touch here. Please let us (me) know how your next appointment goes. I will pray for your healing.

Last edited by Tweetums; 05-01-2013 at 08:41 PM.

 
Old 06-11-2013, 04:49 PM   #45
Newbie
(female)
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 1
jwhedonfan HB User
Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

Quote:
Originally Posted by stakia20 View Post
Hi there. I wanted to share my recent experience with spincterotomy. I had 2 very bad fissures and I've had them for about 8 months. I had the procedure last Monday, Feb 18th. I was off work then for just 2 days after surgery, going back to work Thursday. It was painful, so I did take vicodin which helped me. I took stool softeners and fiber which took away any constipation from the meds. My first bowel movements weren't really that painful per say, but stung afterwards which was cured with a sitz bath and tucks pads. I would say within 5 days I was having BM's with minimal pain. I do use tucks pads instead of toilet paper. I would consider my downtime a little less than a week. I had my follow up today and the doctor was surprised at my quick healing. I guess I am someone who faired easier, even with 2 fissures. I would have to say I would recommend this procedure to others because for me it worked. I'm feeling so much better and the fissures were definitely more painful, as a whole, than this surgery was (for me). If anyone has any questions I'll be happy to answer.
Are you still happy with the surgery? Have you
Had any problems?
Thank you for any information you can give me.

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Internal Sphincteroplasty after sphincterotomy tarik Bowel Disorders 1 07-03-2009 04:00 PM
Internal hemorrhoids and fissures, solution to one complicates the other? Efnes Bowel Disorders 2 02-08-2009 09:00 AM
Does anyone undergo internal sphincteroplasty tarik Bowel Disorders 0 09-14-2008 10:44 PM
Lateral Sphincterotomy: Part 2 Lizardwoman85 Bowel Disorders 0 08-20-2008 08:04 PM
Lateral Sphincterotomy: Part 1 Lizardwoman85 Bowel Disorders 0 08-01-2008 08:45 PM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added








TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



flipfleury (33), solofelix (26), Babygirl43 (19), rufous57 (19), ladybud (16), sonray (15), quincy (15), TacomaGuy (14), sjb (13), nomorefissure (10)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1180), MSJayhawk (1004), Apollo123 (904), Titchou (847), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (759), ladybud (754), sammy64 (668), midwest1 (668), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:48 AM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!