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I'll take a stab at answering these questions for you since I suffered from a fissure last year and had the LIS surgery. First off, best decision I made and if I had it to do over again I would not have played the conservative route as long as I did hoping it would heal on its own. Bottom line, once they become chronic the chances of it healing on its own are pretty darn slim. Now, onto your questions:

1. 2 - less pain immediately after the surgery than from the fissure. Pure heaven! Given the pain I was in when I had mine, which was pretty much constant as I was now in chronic anal spasm.

2. Its hard trying to rate the pain level as I honestly have to admit, that the pain level from the surgery was nothing. I, based on my experience, did not consider it pain, it was more like a soreness, like a bruised muscle feeling. Your going to be a little sore naturally but honestly I was more irritated being laid up for a few days. If I have to rate based on my personal experience, at this time in recovery I would say a 1 as there was slight discomfort.

3. 6 days. My surgery was Friday, Aug. 18th 2006 and I went back to work the following Thursday Aug. 24th. It was only part time for about a week as I sit at a computer programming for 10 hours a day so sitting for that long wasn't happening as you do have to be careful sitting so you don't pop a stitch. I was instructed to not even try sitting until at least day 4 after the surgery and then it had to be on a pillow and on your good cheek as any pressure on the side of your incision could cause the stitches to pop. I consider my colo/rectal surgeon "Man of the Year" for 2006. I came out of the surgery with only 1 stitch and no pain....

4. Looking back, another 4 days making it an even 10 days but I was fine doing what I did.

5. Not quite 10 months. Aug. 18th 2006(two days after my birthday, what a present, LOL)

6. About 3 months fully. Mine was bad, torn into the anal muscle so it took awhile but I couldn't tell it wasn't healed right after the surgery as all the pain from the fissure was gone.

7. I have returned to normal eating habits with a lot of diet modifications. I eat a very high fiber diet, take a fiber supplement twice daily, drink plenty of fluids daily, actually water is the only thing I drink now. I make sure I get 25-30 grams of fiber daily. I do eat take out but I limit myself to once a week and try to choose the healthiest thing on the menu that interests me.

8. No, I haven't. I make it my first priority everyday to make sure I get my fiber and fluids and this does require some pre-planning on occasion. I make it a point to never be anywhere without water and some kind of fiber snacks, etc. I hope to never have another one but am not stupid enough to think I can never get another one. Yes, the anal sphincter is cut which is a permanent relaxing of that muscle but if don't develop good bowel habits and a healthy, properly functioning digestive system then you are setting yourself up to get another one. After all, that's probably what gets most of us in this predicament in the first place, I know it was mine.

9. I experienced some passing of gas without trying to do so, LOL. Anyone that knows what your going through now will understand your temporary little problem. Heck, most of my coworkers have adjusted their eating habits because of me. I work in a small, family owned office and everyone is like one big family. They were all so supportive and understanding.

10. ABSOLUTELY!!!! I wish I had not kept putting it off in the first place. Key thing: MAKE SURE you have a good surgeon performing the surgery. Mine has been doing it for 24 years.

11. No. It was offered but I was at the point that I did not want to have to worry in the future that I would reopen the thing and have to go through it all again. Botox, Nifedipine, Nitro, they are all drugs that will temporarily relax the sphincter muscle allowing the fissure to heal without the spasms. At this point, I was not settling for a possible, temporary fix. I wanted permanent. This surgery, when properly performed, and a healthy diet is maintained on the patients part, has a 97% chance of success at healing and keeping the fissure away. Most people who have had a fissure return or a new one develop after having the LIS will admit that they slipped, didn't drink enough, very little fiber or supplement in diet, etc. which caused them to become constipated and the development of a new fissure. Healthy but normal diet is possible, I do it. I lost 62 pounds when I had my fissure. Not a diet plan I would recommend to anyone.

12. Didn't use it.

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I hope this answers your questions satisfactorily. I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have as I fully understand what you are going through.