Sphincterotomy in Louisiana

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Lateral internal sphincterotomy is the name of a surgical procedure used to improve anal fissures. An anal fissure is a tear in the tissue lining one's anus, and can be associated with discomfort and bleeding with bowel movements. The internal sphincter muscle within the anus is constantly under tension, but elevated pressure may progress to the development of anal fissures or can prevent an existing fissure from healing. If you are searching for a provider who offers sphincterotomies in Louisiana, we can help. Consult with GastroGroup & Endocenter to request an appointment with one of our GI providers to receive answers to all of your questions.

This surgical procedure is reserved for patients with anal fissures. Anal fissures can manifest with the following symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • Bleeding

The majority anal fissures will likely heal on their own or with the aid of home treatments. Lateral internal sphincterotomy is recommended in circumstances where more conservative approaches cannot successfully heal the fissure.

A sphincterotomy with our Louisiana providers is performed on an outpatient procedure and under general or local anesthesia. Your provider will make a small incision within the internal anal sphincter. The incision within the muscle decreases existing pressure, thereby allowing the fissure to heal. The incision is either stitched with dissolvable sutures or can be allowed to remain open to heal naturally. As with any surgical procedure, lateral internal sphincterotomy might involve certain risks and complications. This can include an inability to control stool or gas, pain, bleeding, infection at the location of the incision, and a struggle with the passing of urine. We encourage you to have a conversation regarding all the benefits and risks related to this treatment with your GastroGroup & Endocenter gastroenterologist.

Anal fissures might heal of their own accord. However, if a fissure does not seem to be healing and is failing to respond to the less advanced approaches, a sphincterotomy may be able to help you. If you have questions about the sphincterotomy or any other treatment method for anal fissures, we encourage you to connect with a GastroGroup & Endocenter provider. As a physician-led network of gastroenterology providers, GastroGroup & Endocenter works toward the goal of being able to provide patient-centric care for gastrointestinal concerns like anal fissures. If you are searching for a provider who specializes in sphincterotomies in Louisiana, please request an appointment with us today.

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