Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Rectal Tear Treatment

Most anal fissures heal after 4-6 weeks of treatment at home. Most treatment is directed at keeping the stool soft by adding fiber to the diet, increasing the amount of water in the diet, and taking stool softeners. Additional treatment for pain from an anal fissure includes warm baths, nitroglycerin ointments, and corticosteroid ointment. Rarely, surgery may be required to treat fissures that do not respond to conservative treatment.

Treatment for anal fissure may include:

Rectal Tear Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat anal fissure:

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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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