Sphincterotomy in Washington

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Lateral internal sphincterotomy is a surgical procedure carried out to address anal fissures. An anal fissure is a small rip in the tissue lining one's anus and can be associated with bleeding and discomfort during bowel movements. The internal anal sphincter muscle is always under tension; however, an increase in pressure could cause the development of anal fissures or prevent an existing fissure from healing. If you are seeking a provider who offers sphincterotomies in Washington, our team can help. Consult Washington Gastroenterology to request a consultation with one of our local GI providers to have all your questions answered.

This surgical treatment may benefit those dealing with anal fissures. Anal fissures can manifest with the following symptoms:

  • Pain with bowel movements
  • Bleeding
  • Itching

Many anal fissures can resolve on their own or in combination with at-home therapies. A lateral internal sphincterotomy is indicated in cases where conservative treatment measures are unsuccessful in healing the fissure.

Our Washington specialists perform a sphincterotomy on an outpatient basis under general or local anesthesia. Your GI provider will make a small incision in the internal anal sphincter. The incision in the muscle lowers the pressure, giving the fissure an opportunity to close. The incision will then either be stitched with dissolvable sutures or may be allowed to remain open to heal naturally. As with any surgical procedure, lateral internal sphincterotomy might encompass risks and complications, for example, incontinence of gas or stool, bleeding, pain, infection at the incision site, and trouble with passing urine. We encourage you to discuss this treatment's complete list of possible benefits and risks with your Washington Gastroenterology gastroenterologist.

Anal fissures may heal on their own. But, if you suffer from an anal fissure for which this is not the case and which is not responding to the less advanced treatment efforts, a sphincterotomy might be able to help. Should you have additional questions regarding the sphincterotomy or any alternative treatment method for anal fissures, we ask that you reach out to us. As a physician-led team of gastroenterology providers, Washington Gastroenterology aims to provide patient-centered treatment for gastroenterology conditions such as anal fissures. If you are searching for a provider who performs sphincterotomies in Washington, please request a consultation with us today.

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Tremendous staff and Dr. they were all so positive, upbeat and proficient! Highly recommend!

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Good experience from start to finish, everyone was caring and professional

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Very kind staff.Dr.Yee is very kind.

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I recently had an excellent experience with Dr. Bryan Doherty. Dr. Doherty's expertise and compassionate care were truly exceptional. The front desk lady was incredibly welcoming and efficient, making check-in a breeze. The entire staff was professional and attentive, ensuring a smooth and comfortable visit. Highly recommend!

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The motility RN, Wendy I believe was her name was amazing. She made the procedure, which I was a bit apprehensive about, a piece of cake. She was so kind and sweet and explained everything she was doing.

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