Finding the Best Anal Fissure Specialist

by Dr. Kilcup | Apr 19, 2024 | Articles, crohn's disease, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Anal Fissure Specialist

Dealing with an anal fissure can be a painful and uncomfortable experience. It is important to find the best anal fissure specialist to ensure proper treatment and relief. In this article, we will discuss the top techniques for finding the best anal fissure specialist.

Anal fissures are common and can happen because of problems like inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, chronic diarrhea, or childbirth. Chronic anal fissures happen when the muscle in the anus is too tight, which leads to poor blood flow and low oxygen in the tissues. This prevents healing. The conventional methods for addressing anal fissures include drugs like topical nitroglycerin and anesthetic creams, injections, blood pressure medications, or surgical procedures.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is one of the best treatments for anal fissures or healing after surgery. This fissure treatment involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber, which helps to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood and promote healing.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment reduces inflammation, saturates the whole body with oxygen, and promotes the development of new, healthy blood vessels. After twenty sessions, HBOT can release up to 800% more stem cells. Studies indicate that HBOT increases cells that make connective tissue. HBOT also promotes new collagen formation, improves circulation, all of which aid in healing wounds.

This study looked at hyperbaric oxygen therapy for people with chronic anal fissures. These fissures happen when a muscle around the anus is too tight, leading to poor blood flow and tissue damage.

Here’s what they did in the study:

  • They included eight patients who had chronic anal fissures that hadn’t gotten better with regular treatment.
  • Each patient had 15 sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy over three weeks.
  • They measured the patients’ symptoms like pain and bleeding using a scale before and after the treatment.
  • They also checked if the fissures had healed at the end of treatment and at follow-up appointments after one and three months.

Here’s what they found:

  • All patients completed the treatment without any problems.
  • At the end of treatment, all patients showed signs of healing, and three had completely healed fissures.
  • By the three-month follow-up, five patients’ fissures had healed, one had come back after a bout of constipation, and two hadn’t healed.
  • Patients reported less pain and bleeding after the treatment.
  • The study suggests that hyperbaric oxygen therapy could be helpful for healing chronic anal fissures, especially for those who haven’t improved with other treatments.

The researchers say HBOT is a good option for people who haven’t had success with other treatments or who can’t have surgery. They plan to do more research to figure out the best way to use this treatment for chronic anal fissures.

In this study, researchers wanted to see if hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) could help people with Crohn’s disease who had perianal fistulas that weren’t getting better with regular treatment. They looked at the effects of HBOT on these patients both in the short term (after 16 weeks) and in the long term (after 60 weeks).

Here’s what they did and found:

  • They included 20 patients with Crohn’s disease and high perianal fistulas that hadn’t improved with standard treatments for at least 6 months.
  • Patients received 40 sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  • After 16 weeks of treatment, they saw significant improvements in the activity of the perianal disease and in the condition of the fistulas compared to before treatment.
  • Even after 60 weeks, these improvements were still noticeable and statistically significant.
  • About half of the patients showed a clinical response to the treatment after 16 and 60 weeks, and some even achieved clinical remission.
  • There was also an initial improvement in certain biomarkers like C-reactive protein and fecal calprotectin levels after 16 weeks, but this effect wasn’t seen at 60 weeks.

The study concluded that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help improve perianal fistulas in people with Crohn’s disease, and these improvements can be maintained for at least a year after treatment.

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Research and Referrals

The first step in finding the best anal fissure specialist is to do your research. Look for specialists in your area who have experience and expertise in treating these tears. You can also ask for referrals from your primary care physician or friends and family who have dealt with similar issues. It is important to find a specialist who has a good reputation and a track record of successful treatments.

Anal Fissure Specialists

When searching for a specialist, make sure to look for doctors who specifically specialize in treating rectal tears. These specialists will have a deeper understanding of the condition and will be able to provide the most effective treatment options. They may also have access to the latest technology and techniques for treating painful tears in the lining of the anus.

It is important to find a specialist who offers a variety of treatment options for fissures of the anus. This will ensure that you receive the best possible treatment for your specific condition. Some common treatment options for anal fissures include topical ointments, dietary changes, and surgery. Make sure to discuss all available options with your specialist to determine the best course of action for your individual needs.

Best Anal Fissure Ointment

When it comes to topical ointments for anal fissures, it is important to find the best one for your specific condition. Look for a specialist who offers a variety of ointments and can recommend the best one for you. Some key ingredients to look for in an anal fissure ointment include lidocaine, hydrocortisone, and aloe vera. These ingredients can help to relieve pain and promote healing.

Anal Fissure vs Hemorrhoids

It is important to find a specialist who can accurately diagnose your condition. Anal fissures and hemorrhoids can have similar symptoms, but they require different treatment approaches. A specialist who is knowledgeable and experienced in both conditions will be able to provide an accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatment plan.

Fissure Surgery

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat an tear in the rectum. It is important to find a specialist who is experienced in performing fissure surgery and can provide a safe and successful procedure. Make sure to discuss all potential risks and complications with your specialist before undergoing surgery.

By following these techniques, you can find the best anal fissure specialist for your needs. Remember to do your research, ask for referrals, and discuss all available treatment options with your specialist. With the right specialist, you can find relief from the pain and discomfort of an anal fissure.

Darrell Kilcup, DC, CFMP

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