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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.

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