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Anal Fissure Specialist

Jeffrey S Aronoff, MD

Colorectal Surgeon located in New York, NY

If you experience severe pain whenever you have a bowel movement, you may have an anal fissure. At Jeffrey S. Aronoff, MD, PC, in Midtown East, Manhattan, Dr. Aronoff offers on-site diagnostic testing to determine the cause of your pain. He creates custom treatment plans, including nonsurgical and surgical solutions, for anal fissures to relieve your pain and ensure effective healing of torn anal tissue. Find out more about your treatment options for painful anal fissures by calling the New York City office today or booking a consultation online.

Anal Fissure Q&A

What is an anal fissure?

An anal fissure occurs when the lining of the anus tears. This type of condition often occurs due to constipation or when you frequently pass stools that are too large or very hard.

Other causes of anal fissures include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Childbirth
  • Anal sex
  • Direct trauma

In some cases, chronic diseases like Crohn’s disease or inflammatory bowel diseases can result in anal fissures.

What are the symptoms of an anal fissure?

The most common symptoms of an anal fissure include pain, often intense, during bowel movements. This pain can also last for several hours after using the bathroom.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Blood after wiping
  • Visible skin tear around the anus
  • Lumps on the skin near the fissure

If you experience bleeding or difficulties with bowel movements, you should schedule a diagnostic consultation with Dr. Aronoff.

How are anal fissures diagnosed?

In many cases, a physical examination and a review of your medical history can confirm an anal fissure.

To evaluate the severity of the tear and determine unexplained causes of an anal fissure, Dr. Aronoff may perform a thorough anorectal examination, in some instances under the aid of anesthesia.

What treatments are available for an anal fissure?

Initially, Dr. Aronoff may recommend changes to your diet, such as drinking more water and eating more fiber. Stool softeners can also reduce constipation and prevent a worsening of the anal tear.

Medications may also be necessary to increase the blood flow to the tissue and help skin heal without invasive treatment.

If you have chronic anal fissures or fissures that won’t heal with nonsurgical treatment, Dr. Aronoff may recommend surgery to repair the tear and ensure proper healing.

Dr. Aronoff is equipped to perform a variety of procedures, depending on the fissure being treated and the individual. 

If you experience pain or other symptoms of an anal fissure, don’t delay a diagnostic evaluation. Call Jeffrey S. Aronoff, MD, PC, or use the convenient online booking feature to learn more about your treatment options.