Sphincterotomy in Arizona

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Lateral internal sphincterotomy is a surgical treatment carried out to help anal fissures mend. An anal fissure is a tear within the tissue lining the anus and is associated with bleeding and discomfort with bowel movements. The internal anal sphincter muscle is always under tension, but a rise in pressure could lead to the occurrence of anal fissures or may prevent an existing fissure from healing. If you are seeking a provider who offers sphincterotomies in Phoenix, AZ, we can help. Reach out to Arizona Digestive Health to request a visit with one of our gastroenterology providers to learn more about this treatment option.

For individuals struggling with anal fissures, this surgery may be the best available treatment option. The following symptoms may be caused by anal fissures:

  • Pain during bowel movements
  • Bleeding
  • Itching

Many cases of anal fissures may be able to resolve without intervention or with the help of home therapies. Lateral internal sphincterotomy is recommended in circumstances where more conservative treatment measures fail to heal the fissure.

Our GI specialists in Phoenix, AZ carry out each sphincterotomy on an outpatient basis using either general or local anesthesia. Your provider will make a small incision within the internal anal sphincter. The incision within the muscle lowers existing pressure, thereby allowing the fissure to close. The incision is then either sutured with dissolvable stitches or can be left open to heal naturally. As with any procedure, lateral internal sphincterotomy may come with some risks and complications — for example, inability to control stool or gas, bleeding, pain, infection at the location of the incision, and trouble with urination. We encourage you to discuss the complete list of possible benefits and risks of this procedure with your Arizona Digestive Health gastroenterologist.

Anal fissures may close naturally and without medical treatment in some cases. However, if you are dealing with a fissure that is not healing and is seemingly resistant to the more conservative approaches, then a sphincterotomy may be something that could help you. Should you have further questions about the sphincterotomy or any other treatment method for anal fissures, we invite you to contact an Arizona Digestive Health provider. With dozens of board-certified gastroenterologists and numerous GI offices in and around Phoenix, Arizona Digestive Health aims to provide patient-centric treatment for gastrointestinal concerns such as anal fissures. If you are on the search for a provider who performs sphincterotomies in Phoenix, AZ please request an appointment with us today.

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