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Colorectal Diseases

Sphincterectomy

10/14/2009

Question:

i had a sphincterectomy 10 weeks ago. I am not back to normal 100%...not yet. redness around the anus, tingling, light pain, feeling of wetness around the anus ...all things that contribute to my discomfort. I suspect the incision that was made to cure the fissure has not healed yet. how long does it take to go back to normal? 100% normal. when can i start my activities (jogging, sking, etc.) ?

Answer:

In general you can return to normal activity when you feel up to it, as long as your surgeon agrees. Make sure to maintain healthy toileting habits- soft stools that pass without the need to strain- so your fissure does not recur! Even with the best of operations, a fissure may recur if hard compact stool and straining resume.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati