I just had a lateral internal sphincterotomy. How long until I am pain free?

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I had the procedure done yesterday morning. I had my first bowel movement last night. Unfortunately I had to pull out 36 inches of gauze that was stuffed up inside of me. Very painful experience! Its day 2 and I just had my second bowel movement and the burning is excruciating.

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  • Posted

    Hi I haven't had this procedure yet but it's what the surgeon is considering doing.

    Can you tell me why you needed it done please.

    Thanks

    Debbie

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      I had a very large fissure. It became infected and became very painful.  My family doctor gave me a prescription for antibiotics which healed the infection but the pain was still there. I dealt with it for 3 months.  Finally everything I tried it would not heal so I agreed to go to a specialist.  He scheduled me to have the surgery the following week.
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    Hello Hal

    It is really painful just reading your article. I have an appointment next week to go see a surgeon about how to fix my Fisher. It's flaring up as I write this and it's so darn painful I got to find a way to fix it. What do you suggest.?

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      The surgery was the best choice for me in my situation.  The specialist told me he had never seen a fissure that wide before.  He went in and snipped my muscle to relieve the pressure in that area and give it a chance to heal.
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    After my surgery,  I was completely pain free after two weeks. Within the first week, you should definitely feel a difference in pain though between going to the bathroom with the fissure and going to the bathroom post surgery.

    Hope you feel better!

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      It took 7 days. On the 8th day all pain was gone.  I am back to having regular bowel movements and its as if nothing has happened.  I wish I would have done this earlier instead of trying different at home remedies to try and heal myself.  Now I just hope I never have to deal with this again.
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      Hi,

      May i know how you felt day 1~7.

      Have you felt unempty bowel movement at those day?

      Day 8,how you feel?

      Kindly let me know.

      I am in still pain even 7 days After surgery.

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      within the first two weeks I felt completely better.

      Within the first week I still had pain, but it was a different pain then the fissure pain. Meaning, it was painful, but not nearly as intense as the fissure pain.

      If you feel like you are getting worse, I would call your doctor and make an appointment. 

      Also, I saw your other post about your poop being soft. make sure your poop is soft but not liquidy. When your poop is too soft or liquidy, it is acidic and can do more damage then good despite it not being hard. You want a happy medium of the two.  Not too soft, not too hard, but somewhere in the middle.

      Hope this helps!

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      Thanks for your prompt reply.

      My stool is not in condition as you mentioned.But not too liquidy.

      I just bm now.

      After sugery,It's first time that I see blood on my wet tissue,not in stool.

      Please can you suggest me again.

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      It could just be part  the process of the fissure healing. The surgery only stops the sphincter muscle from contracting on the fissure and preventing it from healing. However,  the fissure still  needs time on its own. 

      I am no doctor, so I owuld suggest calling your doctor to ask?

      Here are some suggestions I have for you to help you through:

      [color=#500050][color=#333333]1. Try somee zinc oxide in the form of calmoseptine which has menthol to soothe the area down there as well. Calmoseptine can be bought at almost any local drugstore and can be bought online too.[/color]

      [color=#333333]2. Try squatting when going on the toilet instead of sitting. This is a much  helathier position and the poop sometimes will just slide out,  no pushing or straining involved.[/color]

      [color=#333333]3. I would definately take a fiber supplement, specifically metamucil  is what I take evveryday,  in ordr to allow your stools to be soft and to allow them to pass thorugh easily. THis being said, with any fiber supplemetn, you must drink lots of water when using them, or they will not work veffectively. Also, do not take too much as too much fiber can irritate your bowels on the way  out and diarreah actually does worse down there.[/color]

      [color=#333333]4. I would recommend getting a sphicteronomy surgery if htings dont get better. I waited it out, gave up, had the surgery, and was able to heal within about two weeks. I had a chronic fissure, so I knew where you are ocming from with v all the pain and discomfort.[/color]

      [color=#333333]Try listening to music to distract your mind a bit, especially when going to the bathroom. If you are in writing pain, distract yourself with a movie or TV show right after. Also, to prevent myself from screaming and from putting more stress in the area down  there, i bit down on a washcloth in order to make the tensions with my teeth instead of my sphicter muscle.[/color][/color]

      Hope this helps!!!

      Best,

      Myles

       

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    I had surgery on Dec. 30th and I am still in pain following BM's. How long did it take you to heal ?

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      Sorry it took me so long to reply. It took me around 2 weeks to fully recover physically, but mentally it took a little longer as dealing with a fissure is a very traumatic experience. Hope you are feeling a bit better!
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      Hey it has been two weeks today post op and feel my self again. Havent felt this way since August 2016. Such a horrific ordeal. I never want to experience a fissure again. Mentally I am drained and terrified it will come back. Worse nightmare ever. So glad you are doing well. Thank you for responding.
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      Wow. SO happy you are feeling better. Now that you are better, I would keep watching your diet.

      Personally, I take about a tablespoon of metamucil every day to make sure I go regularly and to make sure my poops are soft. Also, I would wet the toilet paper before wiping as that helps too. Also, drink lots of water.

      Congrats and hope you stay well!

      Best,

      Myles

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