Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Anal Injury Treatment

The treatment for an anal injury depends on the severity of the injury. Small lacerations and bruises require minor wound care or cold compresses, and usually heal within 7 to 10 days. Severe injuries can result in serious bleeding because the anus and rectum have a rich blood supply. Surgery may be required to repair severely damaged tissue. During recovery, using a donut pillow will help relieve pain while sitting.

Treatment for an anal injury may include:

  • Wound care
  • Antibiotics for wounds
  • Cold compresses
  • Narcotic pain medication:
    • For moderate to severe pain
    • For short term use only
  • Donut pillow:
    • Reduces pressure against the anus while sitting.
  • Surgery to remove foreign bodies from the wound
  • Surgery to repair damaged tissue
  • Tetanus immunization

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Last Updated: Mar 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Anal Injury References
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  3. Nichols CM, Gill EJ, Nguyen T, Barber MD, Hurt WG. Anal sphincter injury in women with pelvic floor disorders. Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Oct;104(4):690-6. [15458887]
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