Sphincterotomy in Lubbock, TX

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Lateral internal sphincterotomy is a surgical procedure employed to improve anal fissures. An anal fissure is a tear in the tissue lining the anus and is associated with pain and bleeding when passing stools. The internal anal sphincter muscle is constantly under tension, but a rise in pressure could cause the development of anal fissures or can prevent an existing fissure from healing. If you are searching for a provider who offers sphincterotomies in Lubbock, TX, our specialists can help. Consult with a Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates location in your community to request a consultation with one of our GI providers.

This surgical procedure is reserved for patients having anal fissures. The symptoms of anal fissures can include:

  • Pain with bowel movements
  • Itching
  • Bleeding

Many anal fissures may be able to resolve without intervention or with at-home treatments. Lateral internal sphincterotomy is used in cases where conservative treatment measures are unsuccessful in healing the fissure.

The sphincterotomy with our Lubbock, TX team is done as an outpatient procedure under local or general anesthesia. Your gastroenterology provider creates a minor incision in the internal anal sphincter. The incision in the muscle decreases existing pressure, allowing the fissure to close. The incision will then either be sutured with dissolvable sutures or left open to allow for natural healing. As in any surgical procedure, lateral internal sphincterotomy could include specific complications and risks, like inability to control gas or stool, pain, bleeding, infection at the incision site, and a struggle with passing urine. We encourage you to discuss all of the possible risks and benefits of this surgical procedure with your Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates provider.

Anal fissures can heal naturally. But, if your anal fissure does not seem to be healing and is failing to respond to the less advanced methods, then a sphincterotomy could help you. Should you have additional questions about the sphincterotomy or any alternate method of treatment for anal fissures, we urge you to connect with a Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates provider. As a physician-led team of GI providers, Lubbock Digestive Disease Associates aims to provide patient-focused treatment for GI tract problems such as anal fissures. If you are on the search for a provider who specializes in sphincterotomies in Lubbock, TX, please request a consultation with us today.

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