Anal Fissure Treatment in Chattanooga, TN
An anal fissure is a small tear or cut in the skin lining the anus, which may cause pain or bleeding. Typical symptoms are extreme pain during and after a bowel movement and red blood streaking the stool. Many patients try to avoid bowel movements because of the pain. The causes include diarrhea, inflammation of the anorectal area, and hard, dry bowel movements. Fissures may be of recent onset, present for a long time, or recurring frequently. Most heal without surgery and can be treated medically. If it does not respond to medical treatment surgery may be required.