Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.
Surgery » Sphincterotomy



Sphincterotomy: A sphincterotomy is surgery to treat a tear in the anal sphincter muscle; the muscle is cut, which relaxes the muscle and reduces spasms that hinder the healing process. Scar tissue from the anal fissure may also be excised.

Diseases And Conditions Treated: Sphincterotomy

These diseases and conditions may be treated with the surgical procedure Sphincterotomy:

  • Anal fissure (tear) with persistent pain

Non-Surgical Options: Sphincterotomy

These non-surgical medical options may be possible alternative treatments to performing Sphincterotomy:

  • Topical healing/pain control creams/suppositories
  • Nitroglycerine cream to widen blood vessels and increase blood flow
  • High fiber diet
  • Sitz bath
  • Increase fluid intake
  • Reduce bowel movement straining

Other Surgical Options: Sphincterotomy

Surgical procedure options to consider as an alternative for Sphincterotomy may include these surgeries:

  • Botox® injections

Anesthetic Requirements for Sphincterotomy

These surgical anesthetic requirements for the procedure Sphincterotomy may include:

  • Local or general anesthesia

Procedure Complications: Sphincterotomy

Possible surgical complications of Sphincterotomy may include:

Prognosis for a Good Outcome: Sphincterotomy

The prognosis for a good medical outcome: The prognosis is good.

Sphincterotomy: Recovery Time

Recovery period for Sphincterotomy: One to three weeks.

More Surgery Topics

  • Vagus nerve stimulation
  • Variant open epiphysiodesis for the femur
  • Varicose vein surgical ligation and stripping
  • Vasectomy
  • Vasectomy reversal
  • Vena cava filter placement
  • Ventricular septal defect repair
  • Ventricular shunt placement
  • Vermillionectomy
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Vertical banded gastroplasty
  • Vesicoureteral reflux repair
  • Vestibuloplasty
  • Video-assisted lobectomy
  • Video-assisted segmentectomy

    By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

    Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise