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What questions should I ask my doctor about anal fissures?

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Once your doctor diagnoses an anal fissure, ask her these questions:

  • Can I expect this fissure to heal on its own?
  • How can I treat an anal fissure at home?
  • Do I need medication?
  • Do I need to make changes to my diet?
  • How long should it take for the fissure to heal?
  • Am I likely to get more anal fissures?
  • Will I need surgery? What are the risks of surgery?

From: How Anal Fissures Are Diagnosed WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Anal Fissure."

Cleveland Clinic: "Anal Fissures."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Anal fissure (Beyond the Basics)."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Flexible Sigmoidoscopy," "Colonoscopy."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons: "Anal Fissure."

Cleveland Clinic: "Anal Fissures."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Anal fissure (Beyond the Basics)."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Flexible Sigmoidoscopy," "Colonoscopy."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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