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Friday, July 25, 2014
Long term discomfort following surgery
Hello. About 8 months ago I had a sphincterotomy for an anal fissure and some hemorrhoids removed. Short term recovery was painful but I got through it. However since then the area immediately around my anus has been consistently irritated and sometimes sore. On occassion there is stinging just inside the anus after a BM. And cleaning after a bowel movement is extremely unpleasant and not easy -- the skin is irritated and sensitive to the touch. Really the only way I can do it without hurting myself is to take a shower and clean myself. I`ve not gone back to my doctor about it because I`ve been sort of hoping it`d slowly get better, but I don`t see that happening. Before I do go back I`d like feedback on why this might be happening and what options there might be to address this.
Hard to tell why you have perianal irritation. Best to have a good exam, since the potential causes are multiple- and may or may not be related to your recent surgery.
In the meantime try a good barrier ointment, like desitin or calmoseptine, to protect your skin and decrease irritation.
Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati