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Anal Fissures are small tears in the lining of the anal canal. They are most commonly caused by constipation, diarrhea or trauma. They cause burning or sharp pain in the anal canal that is set off by bowel movements and usually lasts for several hours. Typically, bright red blood is present either on the stool, the toilet paper or in the bowl.

The medical treatment of anal fissures includes fiber supplements, medicated suppositories and creams with the goal of normalizing stool consistency and relaxing the anal sphincter to allow for adequate healing to take place. If patients do not respond to medical treatment outpatient surgery is sometimes necessary consisting of a partial division of the internal sphincter.  


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Established in 1924 by Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla has been one of Southern California’s premier medical centers for more than 80 years. Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla offers a wide range of clinical, surgical and specialty services. It is consistently recognized for quality patient care and is the first in San Diego to be designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nursing Association for excellence in patient care.

San Diego Colon and Rectal Surgeons

9834 Genesee Avenue
Suite 201
La Jolla, California 92037

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