Anal Fissure With GastroMed Connect

What is an anal fissure?

An anal fissure is a tiny rip, or cut, in the tissue that lines one’s anus. There is a paper-thin, delicate tissue, called mucosa, that comprises the lining of one’s anus that can rip for several reasons such as the passing of large stools during a bowel movement. In most instances, anal fissures cause pain while passing bowel movements and present with blood in your stool. An anal fissure could also lead to spasms of the muscle found at the end of the anus, known as the anal sphincter.

An anal fissure is considered chronic if the fissure has been present for 6 – 8 weeks, or if it is a commonly recurring issue. If you think you could have anal fissures, reach out to a GastroMed Connect location near you and request a consultation with a GI provider. Our doctors routinely provide individualized treatment for anal fissures in Kyle, TX.

What are the causes of an anal fissure?

Several common factors may result in anal fissures. Causes could include a variety of different things such as:

  • Constant diarrhea
  • Difficulty passing stool
  • Excessive pressure during bowel movements
  • Childbirth
  • Passing large and/or hard stools
  • Anal intercourse

There are many factors that could increase an individual’s risk for anal fissures. Some of these risk factors may also cause anal fissures to occur. These risk factors may include:

  • HIV and STDs
  • Anal intercourse
  • The childbirth process
  • Age (anal fissures occur with greater frequency in infants and middle-aged adults)
  • Constipation
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

To determine if you might be at risk for anal fissures, contact a GI specialist at a GastroMed Connect location in your area today for more information.

What are common symptoms of an anal fissure?

Common signs and symptoms of anal fissures can include:

  • Continuing discomfort following a bowel movement
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Visible cracking or tearing in the tissue surrounding the anus
  • Fresh red blood in the stool

There is assistance available for those suffering from anal fissures in Kyle, TX. We urge you to call a GastroMed Connect gastroenterology provider if you experience any combination of the listed symptoms or if any of these symptoms increases in severity. You should always contact your provider if you notice blood in your stool.

What are the possible complications of an anal fissure?

Anal fissures may be extremely uncomfortable but don’t usually lead to any more dangerous conditions. Fissures are often common in adults. An example of some common complications that may result from the presence of an anal fissure may include:

  • Inability to heal
  • Surrounding muscle tears
  • Recurrence of the fissure

We urge you to consult with your GI provider at GastroMed Connect regarding any questions or concerns you might have relating to complications from an anal fissure.