You might first treat an anal fissure using over the counter (OTC) topical medicine, but Botox® (botulinum toxin) could be a more helpful “first step” in treatment. The goal in treating anal fissures is stopping pain, preventing it from worsening, and healing the fissure. You would want to consider the most effective and immediate treatment which will end your discomfort, hassle, and worry over the problem.
There are numerous treatment options, many which don’t require the help of a doctor, however, for the best treatment possible, you should see a colorectal specialist. The physicians at the Fissure & Fistula Center of Excellence encourage requests for information about anal fissures because you first need to know something about the problem before you can treat it. With the propert diagnosis, surgeons can provide patients with the best treatment for anal fissures in Los Angeles.
How Does Botox Help Anal Fissures?
We’re all familiar with the advantages of Botox® cosmetically as a temporary muscle paralysis for frown lines. When it’s applied in the region of the anus, the chemical temporarily paralizes the sphincter muscle, which controls the opening and closing of the anus. When injected into the sphincter, Botox® acts as a “chemical sphincterotomy,” and the anal fissure will be allowed to heal. The fissure is an inner tear of the anal canal, and immobilizing the sphincter protects the fissure from worsening.
Botox® injections are excellent as a short term remedy for anal fissures and can last from three to six months. For many people, this treatment lasts without the need for further treatment. However, about half of the patients who recieve Botox® might have a recurrence within three years and require a sphincterotomy, which is the surgical option.
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Anal Fissure Treatment in Los Angeles
There are many solutions for anal fissures and the colorectal specialists at the Fissure & Fistula Center consider conservative methods first before surgery. The colorectal surgeons are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of anal fissures and will recommend the best possible treatment.
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