Sphincterotomy in Houston, TX

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Lateral internal sphincterotomy is the name of a surgical operation carried out to help improve anal fissures. An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of one's anus and may be associated with discomfort and bleeding during bowel movements. The internal anal sphincter muscle is always under tension, but a spike in pressure might be followed by the development of anal fissures or may prevent a current fissure from healing. If you are searching for a provider who offers sphincterotomies in Houston, TX, we can help. Consult with Gastroenterology Consultants to request a visit with one of our gastroenterology providers to have all your questions answered.

Sphincterotomies are intended for patients suffering from anal fissures. Anal fissures often present with the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding
  • Itching
  • Pain during bowel movements

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

Our gastrointestinal health specialists perform sphincterotomies for Houston, TX patients on an outpatient basis using local or general anesthesia. Your provider makes a minor incision within the internal anal sphincter. The incision in the muscle reduces existing pressure, thus allowing the fissure to close. The incision will then either be stitched with dissolvable stitches or may be allowed to remain open to allow for natural healing. As is the case with any procedure, lateral internal sphincterotomy might involve certain complications and risks, like inability to control gas or stool, bleeding, pain, infection at the location of the incision, and difficulty with passing urine. We compel you to have a conversation regarding the complete list of possible risks and benefits with regard to this procedure with your Gastroenterology Consultants gastroenterologist.

It's possible for an anal fissure to heal without treatment. If you have an anal fissure that does not seem to be healing and is not responding to less invasive methods, then a sphincterotomy may be able to help. Should you have additional questions in regard to the sphincterotomy or any alternate method of treating anal fissures, we invite you to consult a Gastroenterology Consultants provider. As a board-certified team of gastroenterologists, Gastroenterology Consultants aims to provide patient-centered care for gastroenterology concerns like anal fissures. If you are on the search for a provider who specializes in sphincterotomies in Houston, TX, please request a consultation with us today.

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