The proctologists of the Proctology Institute routinely diagnosis and treat anal fissures at our Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach & Huntington Beach proctology practices. An anal fissure is a split or tear in the lining of the anal canal that is associated with anal / rectal pain and sometimes presents with anal bleeding. Anal fissures are quite common in the general population, but are often confused with other causes of pain and bleeding, such as hemorrhoids.
What is an anal fissure?
An anal fissure is a small split or tear in the anal opening or within the lining of the anus. Anal fissures are extremely painful and debilitating, although they are quite common. They are rarely dangerous, and are often confused with hemorrhoids. Anal fissures may also be confused with HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus), an STD, HPV (human papilloma virus) and anal cancer or anal dysplasia. Therefore, it is very important to be evaluated by a specialist such as a proctologist, when they arise.
What are the symptoms of an anal fissure?
- Sharp, stinging pain associated with a bowel movement and lasting up to 2-3 hours after a bowel movement
- Lingering pain which remains long after passing a bowel movement
- Bright red blood from the anus
What causes an anal fissure?
Anal fissures are typically caused by stress or trauma to the inner lining of the anus, which can happen due to causes such as:
- Passing a large, hard stool
- Continuous diarrhea
- Trauma from childbirth
- Crohn’s disease
How is an anal fissure treated by a proctologist?
Anal fissures will usually heal on their own, but you can address the pain and prevent recurrence in several ways including:
- Staying hydrated
- Adding fiber to the diet
- Medications such as stool softeners and painkillers
- In certain cases, the proctologist may need to perform surgery
Maintaining A Relationship With Your Proctologist
Should you elect to move forward with one of our best in class proctologists in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, or Huntington Beach, any and all questions regarding your treatment will certainly be answered in advance by your proctologist. Please remember that the relationship with your proctologist does not end when you leave the medical practice. If you have questions or concerns during your treatment and recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should always feel free to contact us. Our proctologists take pride in putting the patient first and the best and fastest treatment outcome.
Our best in class proctologists pride themselves with providing you highly personalized and comprehensive care before, during, and after your proctology treatment. The Proctology Institute of Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach’s philosophy of direct proctologist to patient care at every visit has made us one of the most trusted and respected medical practices in California. For more information or to schedule an anal fissure consultation please feel free to contact us:
Proctology Institute Beverly Hills
300 South Beverly Drive, Suite 105
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Proctology Institute Newport Beach
500 Superior Ave, Suite 320
Newport Beach, CA 92663
Proctology Institute Los Angeles
11601 Wilshire Blvd, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Proctology Institute Huntington Beach
17011 Beach Blvd, Suite 900
Huntington Beach, CA 92647