Sphincterotomy in Denver, CO

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Lateral internal sphincterotomy is a surgical procedure carried out to improve anal fissures. An anal fissure is a small rip in the tissue lining of the anus that causes bleeding and discomfort with bowel movements. The internal sphincter muscle within the anus is always under tension. But elevated pressure may proceed to the appearance of anal fissures or the prevention of an existing fissure from healing. If you are seeking a provider who offers sphincterotomies in Denver, CO, our physicians can help. Contact Denver Digestive Health Specialists to request a consultation with one of our GI providers to have all your questions answered.


Sphincterotomies treatments help people suffering from anal fissures. Anal fissures can manifest with the following symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Pain with bowel movements
  • Bleeding

Many cases of anal fissures will likely resolve without intervention or with the help of at-home therapies. Lateral internal sphincterotomy is recommended when conservative treatment measures cannot successfully heal the fissure.

Our Denver, CO team performs a sphincterotomy on an outpatient basis under general or local anesthesia. Your provider makes a minor incision within the internal anal sphincter. The incision in the muscle decreases existing pressure, thus allowing the fissure to close. The incision is then either stitched with dissolvable sutures or can be left open to allow for natural healing. As in any procedure, lateral internal sphincterotomy might involve certain complications and risks. Some risks include incontinence of stool or gas, bleeding, pain, infection at the incision site, and difficulty with passing urine. We encourage you to discuss the complete list of possible risks and benefits of this procedure with our Denver Digestive Health Specialists.

Anal fissures might heal without intervention. Regardless, if you are dealing with a fissure that does not seem to be healing and is seemingly resistant to the more conservative approaches, then a sphincterotomy might be able to help you. Should you have additional questions about the sphincterotomy or any other treatment method for anal fissures, we urge you to connect with a Denver Digestive Health Specialists provider. As a physician-led team of gastroenterology providers, Denver Digestive Health Specialists strives to provide patient-centered treatment for anal fissures. If you are searching for a provider specializing in sphincterotomies in Denver, CO, don't hesitate to contact us today.

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