What does surgery for anal fissures involve?

Surgery for anal fissures usually consists of a procedure that cuts a portion of the internal anal muscle. This does not interfere with the ability to control bowel movements. The procedure usually can be performed in an outpatient setting without requiring an overnight hospital stay.

There is minimal discomfort for a few days, which can be easily controlled with mild pain medication. Many people miss only a day or two of work.

Complete healing usually occurs in a few weeks with pain often disappearing after two to four days. More than 95% of patients who require surgery for this problem have no further trouble from anal fissures.

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