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Anal Fissures
Oct 16, 2016
Hi there, I am a 47 year old male and have been dealing with superficial anal fissures for over a year now. They heal, and reoccur every few weeks or so. I had them in the past but it wasn't as frequent. I do get them after having hard stools. I can't even use regular toilet paper anymore even after the fissure heals because my skin seems more prone to tearing. Back in the 1990s I had a really bad case of anal warts for 3-1/2 years. I had more than 30+ surgeries to remove them. I had cryotherapy and electrocautery. I feel that because of all the surgeries that was done to me in the past that my anal area now is very weak and that's my opinion why I am more prone to anal fissures. I went to see a CRS doctor and he told me that this is something I may have to learn to live with. He also said that I am not a candidate for the LIS surgery at this time because my anal fissures are superficial. He did say that he didn't see any visible scarring but the skin could be very thin due to all the prior surgeries and due to aging process the skin could be losing its elasticity. I don't know. But I don't want to risk making things worse. Do you feel that after having all those anal wart surgeries in the past that it could be the cause and reason why I am experiencing so many problems with anal fissures today? Do you also feel that having had so many anal wart surgeries in the past that it could have caused my anal area to be weaker today? I am very reluctant to ever get a LIS surgery even if the CRS granted me one. My own pcp said don't ever get the surgery because it could make matters worse given my past history. What are your thoughts and advice regarding this matter?

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