there is nothing intimidating about the surgery at all. I went to the "Surgery Center", a place that does only outpatient. I was there at 6:30am, and I was home by 9:30am. Because the procedure is short (15 mintutes or so), they don't give you a lot of anesthesia, so you're not groggy and out of it all day afterwards. I woke up feeling fine, andf I was joking with the nurse 5 minutes after waking up.
I had a skin tag that needed to be removed (and I'm glad it was!), so there were some additional things the surgeon did. Nevertheless, even with this, the pain was more than manageable. I tried to avoid the Vicodin, but I found that if I eat right and take Colace, it doesn't constipate me at all. With the vicodin,. the pain is nothing, just some soreness. Not even the first bowel movement was a big deal. It isn't any more painful than having the fissure, and you don't get that horrible "tearing" feeling, along with struggling and pushing.
My recovery seems to be going well, and it is a BIG relief!
There is no point in trying to fight these fissures for months. If they don;t clear up within a couple months, they are going to be there forever, just waiting for an opportunity to tear and make your life miserable. My fissure was there for years.
I'm looking forward to getting back into the gym, and not being paranoid about what I eat (although I will try to eat right).