An anal fissure is a tear in the anoderm, which is a unique skin area near the opening of the anus. Often an anal fissure is caused by passing a hard stool. Sometimes an anal fissure can also arise after childbirth.
This condition is painful. It results in painful bowel movements, which might be described as ?passing razor blades?. Bright red blood is often visible on the toilet paper.
When an anal fissure causes this pain, there can be a resulting spasm of the anal sphincter muscle. This compounds the pain and can make it more difficult for the fissure to heal.
In most cases, an anal fissure will heal without needing treatment. In some situations, an anal fissure might persist. When this occurs, treatment can be effective.
If you?d like to know more about the treatments available for anal fissure at Coast Colorectal, you can visit our fissure treatment page, or you can learn more from the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand website.
At Coast Colorectal, we often assist Gold Coast and Tweed Coast patients who are experiencing haemorrhoids. Here, we provide some basic information about this condition.