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Old 06-21-2013, 08:49 PM   #46
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Hi, I'm new here. I had my LIS 3 days ago and am feeling pretty ok. Before I made the decision to have the surgery, I lived with a fistula for 5 yrs. I saw at least 6 or 7 docs before I was told what I actually had. Long story short... Although I'm recovering through the most crucial part of it, I wanna ask: does anyone regret having the surgery or has anyone had a recurrence? It took me almost 4 months to decide to do it. The decision was made by reading posts like these; I didn't kno there was so much support from others about this prob.

 
Old 08-21-2013, 05:50 PM   #47
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Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

So I have never posted on anything like this before but I feel so strongly about this specific issue.

I suffered from an anal fissure due to child birth. I suffered for 4 months before I got the Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy. Let me just say, if you are considering it, it's a no brainer. Get It!! The pain of a BM with a fissure is 1million times worse than the first few days after surgery. I will never get back those few months I suffered through and tried to heal naturally and with the Nitroglycerin medicine. I finally demanded to see a specialist after being sent home time and time again. Within 3 minutes of my apt with him he said surgery is a must. Within 48 hours I was in surgery and my real recovery began.

From what I can understand, from reading other posts, my fissure was around an 8 on a scale from 1 to 10. Which was pretty unbearable. I tried stool softeners, fiber products, sitz baths, dermoplast, every topical medication invented, and more. After a month or so of the fissure I would heal for about a weak only to have it reoccur again.

My experience from the surgery was pretty fair. I went into the surgery in more pain than when I came out. But I was in pain for a few days. I didn't have a BM that day or the next. The 2nd day after surgery I had my first BM and it was pretty difficult. The pain wasn't the same as like with the fissure, but I was constipated from the Norco and it took about 45 min and stung for about a half an hour. BUT, that was still better than a BM with a fissure.

I continued to have BM everyday and each time was easier and easier. I would say my first "good" BM came exactly one week post surgery. There was a little bit of stinging, but only where the incision site was. A sitz bath took that right away. (By the way use Dermoplast. I got that trick from having a baby. It numbs you down there)

I started with taking Citrucel twice daily, 2 stool softeners, an unmeasurable amount of water, and no "bulky" foods. I am now only taking Citrucel once every other day and still take the stool softeners, just in case.

Please get the surgery. Its over in 30 minutes, and you will finally start to heal after pain that only a few of us can understand.

Good Luck,

& God Bless

 
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Old 03-08-2014, 09:57 AM   #48
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Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

Tweetums, it is with interest that I have read your posts concerning your prolonged recovery after your LIS procedure. I am 5 months post LIS, hemorrhoidectomy, and tag excision. At 2 months post-op, I decided to get back to my active self. At that point I had been feeling pretty good for the previous 2 weeks. After doing a stretching exercise one morning, I started feeling this ache in my lower buttock and close to the spincterotomy site. It has been present since then. Surgeon says all is well. The skin near the surgical site is also tender. Some days are worse than others. I carry a cushion to sit on wherever I go. My question to you is this, did you find certain activity aggravated your pain symptoms? Activities like walking up stairs or just long walks in general? I have added swimming to my exercise routine but even certain leg movements with that are limited. I do hope you are still participating on this forum as your symptoms certainly seem to mirror mine. It gives me hope that you did improve with time but this is frustrating. Thanks so much for your posts!

 
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Re: LIS (Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy) Recovery

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Tweetums, it is with interest that I have read your posts concerning your prolonged recovery after your LIS procedure. I am 5 months post LIS, hemorrhoidectomy, and tag excision. At 2 months post-op, I decided to get back to my active self. At that point I had been feeling pretty good for the previous 2 weeks. After doing a stretching exercise one morning, I started feeling this ache in my lower buttock and close to the spincterotomy site. It has been present since then. Surgeon says all is well. The skin near the surgical site is also tender. Some days are worse than others. I carry a cushion to sit on wherever I go. My question to you is this, did you find certain activity aggravated your pain symptoms? Activities like walking up stairs or just long walks in general? I have added swimming to my exercise routine but even certain leg movements with that are limited. I do hope you are still participating on this forum as your symptoms certainly seem to mirror mine. It gives me hope that you did improve with time but this is frustrating. Thanks so much for your posts!
Hi, everhope -

Yes, I'm still around - and whenever someone posts on this forum, I usually get a notification email about that.

It sounds like you had a lot done, down below. I had both an LIS and a fissurectomy - and yes, my recovery was a long one - very long. I am only now feeling somewhat normal, again - but I do sometimes have short relapses. I can remember feeling a day of intense pain down there - last fall - but I do believe that happened because I was wiping it too hard and inspecting it too much. My skin near the surgical site is tender and delicate, just like yours, and I have to be careful about not disturbing it. My Crs has told me that all is healed - and I even had a recent colonoscopy that was perfect, with nothing awry.

Anyway, I've had quite a long stretch of time now, in which my bottom has not bothered me, one bit. But like I said, if I inspect that area or wipe it too hard, it flares up. So, I'm always aware that the area is tender and that I have to be careful with it - and I do still manage my bms. What seems to work for me is to put a teeny bit of Vaseline on the outer anal area, just before a b.m. - and then afterward I just wipe it carefully - dab it clean, actually - and then I leave it alone. (I seem to do better if I leave it alone.) I also continue to intake a lot of fiber - and part of that comes from Konsyl and "Double Fiber" bread.

I use pillows and cushions, most everywhere I sit. I'm sitting on a pillow right now - and I also use one in the car.

Don't feel disheartened about your recovery - because if you're like I am, it might takes months for you to feel like you have more good days than bad days. It took me such a long time.

Please keep me in your prayers, - and I will keep you in mine, too.

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Old 03-09-2014, 08:14 AM   #50
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Dear Tweetums and other LIS warriors, I will indeed keep you in my prayers. Just getting a response is heartening. I have found as you have that one must always be aware that the area is sensitive. I have always done the fiber thing and generally do not suffer from constipation. I drink an 8 oz. glass of water upon rising each morning and before and after each meal which also helps. I think some individuals are just more prone to perineal/anal/rectal injury than others and it did not help that I had a job for many years that involved sitting. I am now retired and can control where, how, and when I sit. The hardest thing for me is that certain physical activity is off limits for now. Particularly anything that involves spreading my legs (not too delicately stated, I know). I believe a stretching exercise I did a couple months ago disrupted the healing process in this area and started this misery. But, I can deal with limiting the types of activity I do. Your response gives me hope that it will get better with time. Thank you again. Your response truly means A LOT.

 
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Dear Tweetums and other LIS warriors, I will indeed keep you in my prayers. Just getting a response is heartening. I have found as you have that one must always be aware that the area is sensitive. I have always done the fiber thing and generally do not suffer from constipation. I drink an 8 oz. glass of water upon rising each morning and before and after each meal which also helps. I think some individuals are just more prone to perineal/anal/rectal injury than others and it did not help that I had a job for many years that involved sitting. I am now retired and can control where, how, and when I sit. The hardest thing for me is that certain physical activity is off limits for now. Particularly anything that involves spreading my legs (not too delicately stated, I know). I believe a stretching exercise I did a couple months ago disrupted the healing process in this area and started this misery. But, I can deal with limiting the types of activity I do. Your response gives me hope that it will get better with time. Thank you again. Your response truly means A LOT.

If I can help, in any way, I'm glad to. Having pain down there is a lonely journey, because people just don't talk about that sort of thing, unless it's online in this type of setting. --- Anyway, I know how DIFFICULT this journey is. I went through absolutely hellish misery for about two years - from the start of the fissure, through surgery, until about now.

Yes, stretching the area might aggravate it. That's what happened to me last fall. I was looking at my own area (via a magnified mirror) - and in examining it, I must have pulled it too hard, and it really flared up. But, if I leave the area alone - and mind my fiber - I seem to be fine.

Once a person has this kind of injury, I think it makes us mindful for the area, forever. I am always aware that I need to be careful down below - and as long as I keep that in mind, I seem to be okay.

I'm thinking that you will get there, too, to where you'll be mostly okay down there, unless you aggravate the area from time to time. --- Keep me posted. I really wish you well.

 
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