Sphincterotomy in Denver, CO

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Lateral internal sphincterotomy is the title of a surgical procedure carried out to address anal fissures. An anal fissure is a tear within the lining of the anus and is characterized by pain and bleeding during bowel movements. The internal sphincter muscle within the anus is under constant tension, but increased pressure can be followed by the occurrence of anal fissures or can prevent a current fissure from healing. If you are searching for a provider who offers sphincterotomies in Denver, CO, our specialists can help. Contact Colorado Gastroenterology to request an appointment with one of our gastroenterologists to gain answers to all of your questions.

This surgical treatment may be suited for people suffering from anal fissures. Anal fissures can manifest with the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding
  • Itching
  • Pain during bowel movements

A number of anal fissures will likely resolve of their own accord or with the help of at-home treatments. Lateral internal sphincterotomy is recommended in circumstances where more conservative treatment measures cannot successfully heal the fissure.

The sphincterotomy with our Denver, CO providers is done on an outpatient basis and under either local or general anesthesia. Your GI provider creates a minor incision within the internal anal sphincter. This incision in the muscle lowers existing pressure, thus allowing the fissure to close. The incision is either stitched with dissolvable stitches or may be allowed to remain open to heal naturally. As with any surgical procedure, lateral internal sphincterotomy might include some complications and risks, such as incontinence of stool or gas, pain, bleeding, infection at the location of the incision, and trouble with the passing of urine. Please have a conversation regarding the complete list of possible risks as well as benefits of this surgery with your Colorado Gastroenterology provider.

Anal fissures have been known to close on their own. However, if you have a fissure that is not healing and is failing to respond to the more traditional approaches, then a sphincterotomy may be able to help. Should you have other questions regarding the sphincterotomy or any alternative treatment method for anal fissures, we implore you to call a Colorado Gastroenterology provider. As a physician-led network of gastroenterologists, Colorado Gastroenterology works toward the goal of being able to provide patient-focused treatment for gastroenterology conditions like anal fissures. If you are on the search for a provider who provides the service of sphincterotomies in Denver, CO, please contact us today.

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