Sphincterotomy in Florida

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Lateral internal sphincterotomy is a type of surgery performed to address anal fissures. An anal fissure is a small rip in the lining of one's anus and is typically characterized by bleeding and discomfort when passing stool. The internal anal sphincter muscle is constantly under tension, but heightened pressure may contribute to the development of anal fissures or the prevention of an existing fissure from healing. If you are seeking a provider who offers sphincterotomies in Florida, we can help. Speak to Gastroenterology Associates of Florida to request an appointment with one of our gastroenterology providers to gain answers to all of your questions.

This treatment is intended for individuals suffering from anal fissures. Anal fissures can manifest with the following symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • Bleeding

The majority anal fissures will likely resolve of their own accord or with the aid of home treatments. Lateral internal sphincterotomy is indicated in cases where more conservative treatment measures are unsuccessful in healing the fissure.

Your sphincterotomy with our Florida GI specialists will be conducted on an outpatient basis using either local or general anesthesia. For this procedure, your gastroenterology provider will make a small incision in the internal anal sphincter. This incision in the muscle reduces existing pressure, providing an opportunity for the fissure to heal. The incision is either stitched with dissolvable sutures or may be allowed to remain open to heal naturally. As with any surgical procedure, lateral internal sphincterotomy could include some complications and risks, such as inability to control stool or gas, pain, bleeding, infection at the location of the incision, and difficulty with passing urine. We encourage you to have a conversation regarding all the risks as well as benefits in relation to this surgery with your Gastroenterology Associates of Florida gastroenterologist.

Anal fissures may heal naturally in some circumstances. However, if you are dealing with a fissure that is not healing properly and is seemingly unresponsive to more traditional treatment efforts, then a sphincterotomy might be the best solution. Should you have remaining questions in relation to the sphincterotomy or any other method of treatment for anal fissures, we urge you to call a Gastroenterology Associates of Florida provider. Our board-certified gastroenterologists strive to provide patient-centered treatment for GI tract conditions such as anal fissures. If you are in search of a provider who provides sphincterotomy procedures in Florida, please request an appointment with us today.

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