Anal fissures are classified as being either acute or chronic. Both acute and chronic anal fissures can be extremely painful, with chronic fissures usually being more serious and taking longer to heal. However, in many cases, both chronic and acute anal fissures can be treated effectively with conservative care, using non-surgical treatment methods.
It's important to remember that the type of treatment required will usually depend on the severity of the fissure and the level of pain associated with it. Where an anal fissure is chronic, or the pain is particularly severe, a surgical procedure called a Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy (LIS) may need to be carried out to repair the tissues around the fissure. However, LIS procedures do carry a risk of permanent incontinence, which is why they are usually only performed as a last resort.
For acute anal fissures with a lower level of pain, conservative care treatments such as topical ointments are used as a first option. One of the major advantages of using non-surgical methods to treat anal fissures is the low risk of encountering side effects and permanent damage to the sphincter. Many topical treatments for anal fissures function by decreasing the resting pressure on the anus, which can allow the fissure to heal more quickly and comfortably.
Some of the most common types of topical treatment for anal fissures include:
Topical treatments for healing anal fissures are associated with a lower level of risk than surgical procedures. However, it should also be noted that some side effects, such as headaches, have been recorded in individuals using some commercially available ointments at higher concentrations.
The biggest advantage of topical treatments provided by a clinic such as Fusion RX is that they can be prepared with a much greater understanding of an individual's needs. Unlike many commercially available ointments, compounded products can be created to factor in elements such as an individual's age, allergies, or other medical conditions that they may suffer from.
This is of particular importance when it comes to treating vulnerable groups such as children, and it's essential to find an experienced clinic or pharmacy that can prepare treatments for a variety of age groups. Fusion RX is based in the Los Angeles area and can compound any medication for children. We also compound medications for adults seeking non-surgical treatments for anal fissures and a wide variety of other common medical problems.
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