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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Burning pain after anal fissure surgery
I recently had surgery to repair an anal fissure. About 3 days after surgery, I began having an extremely severe burning pain every time I have a bowel movement. (It feels like someone is pouring acid on me.) I am on pain medication and 2 types of stool softeners. After the bowel movement, I immediately use warm water and peri wipes to cleanse the area, and I also sit in a sitz bath for 15-20 minutes, however, it still takes about a 1/2 hour for the burning pain to subside. Is this normal? Thank you.
This is normal. You have a healing wound. If you experience swelling or increasing pain, call your doctor's office.
Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati