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New Fissure and First one Ever

Sat, 24 Sep 2011 21:09:00 EST

Question: I just started bleeding from the rectum this morning - quite a lot. Even after three children (natural childbirths) I have never had hemorrhoids or any problems in that area. Now my youngest is 16 months and I am bleeding from my rectum. There is bright colored blood and a lot of it. Of course th . . .

Answer: Painless bleeding from the anus can be due to many things. Some of the causes, like a hemorrhoid or a fissure, will usually heal on their own over time. Other things, like a polyp, or colitis, will not. The best way to know for sure what is causing your bleeding is to see a gastroenterologist or co . . .

Ask an Expert: Janice Rafferty MD, Colorectal Diseases

Chronic Anal Fissure

Sat, 03 Sep 2011 19:09:00 EST

Question: I had colorectal cancer 11 years ago. Radiation to area which was within digital reach of anus. Plus chemo and surgery to remove tumor area. Two years ago I got an anal fissure which will NOT heal. Surgeon says area was burned with radiation, and skin will not stretch without causing the fissur . . .

Answer: Radiated tissue will always be more difficult to heal than non-radiated tissue.

There are a few additional things to try to relieve your pain: Certain topical ointments, containing nifedipine, diltiazem, or nitroglycerine can relax the internal sphincter and relieve pain. O

Ask an Expert: Janice Rafferty MD, Colorectal Diseases

Colonoscopy Alternatives

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 23:07:00 EST


Because of my family history of colon cancer plus recent weight loss (not initially a bad thing, getting problematic), bright and dark blood in the stool and both diarrhea and constipation.. I tried to schedule a colonoscopy at a dozen places without sedation (I know it`s harder, but several a . . .


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Ask an Expert: Janice Rafferty MD, Colorectal Diseases

colon question

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 20:06:00 EST

Question: Recently, I diagnose with mucosal prolapse. If I do not treat it will I end up developing full thickness prolapse or not? thank you

Answer: Most likely the answer is no, as the etiology of each prolapse is very different. That being said, mucosal prolapse is not likely to improve without an operation to decrease the amount of redundant tissue, and fixation of the remaining tissue within the anal canal.

Ask an Expert: Janice Rafferty MD, Colorectal Diseases

Could it be IBS

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 12:03:00 EST

Question: I had a colonoscopy 3 years ago. Found no polyps only mild inflamation. I was going to the rest room 5 to 10 times a day. I never had any blood or weight loss. They done biopsies and loads of blood work wich showed nothing I assume they said everything was great and not to worry about it that was IB . . .

Answer: You may not need a colonoscopy, but you certainly need the care and advice of a Gastroenterologist who will do more than just "scope" you. You need ongoing medical management of what could be irritable bowel syndrome, or a host of other motility or inflammatory disorders of the intestinal tract.

Ask an Expert: Janice Rafferty MD, Colorectal Diseases

Pain From Colon Stricture

Tue, 04 Jan 2011 18:01:00 EST

Question: I had a partial colon resection 7 weeks ago due to diverticulitis. From about the fourth week on, I began having increasing pain, nausea and inability to pass stool. A cat scan showed a narrowing at the surgical site. The doctor did a very simple procedure in office to correct the stenosis. IT only . . .

Answer: No, this is not something you should expect to live with.

Unfortunately a stricture at an anastomosis may need to be surgically repaired, and in most cases it is best to wait at least 3 months after one abdominal operation to have another.

You may want to seek another opinion . . .

Ask an Expert: Janice Rafferty MD, Colorectal Diseases

Pain with BM, After Colon Stricture Repaired

Sun, 19 Dec 2010 15:12:00 EST

Question: 2 years ago I had a stricture dilation at the anastomoisis site after colon surgery for diverticulitis. Since the dilation I have had extreme pain after a bowel movement. A colonoscopy has not shown any problems according to my surgeon. Since he can not find a "problem" I have been stuck w . . .

Answer: Depends on where the pain is. If it is anal pain after BM, you may have an anal fissure. If you have abdominal pain after a BM, you may have a recurrent stricture. The best way to know is to visit another surgeon, like one who specializes in diagnosis AND management of colorectal diseases, not one w . . .

Ask an Expert: Janice Rafferty MD, Colorectal Diseases

Lateral Sphincterotomy Decision Pre Pregnancy

Sat, 20 Nov 2010 15:11:00 EST

Question: Hello. I am a 30 year old female suffering from a chronic anal fissure. I have had reoccurring pain for years but the past three months have been unbearable. I have been prescribed compounded creams which have not helped and my colorectal surgeon feels that a lateral sphinctertomy is required to res . . .


Fissure surgery carries the risk of incontinence, but must be weighed against the 98% chance that you will get better after sphincterotomy.

Would a Colonoscopy be Indicated?

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 22:09:00 EST

Question: I`m 56 and in decent health except for recent bouts of constipation/diarrhea and some rectal bleeding (only a moderate amount, but distressing to me). I only recently started seeing a famly practice doctor to get routine screening exams and she suggested geting a colonoscopy; my mom had a history of . . .

Answer: A colonosocopy should be done in view of your age and risk factors. Unsedated exams are difficult for both patient and physician. I would consider getting sedation, and staying in a nearby hotel overnight; ask if that can be arranged through the department.

Ask an Expert: Janice Rafferty MD, Colorectal Diseases

L.I. Sphincterotomy--Incision Won`t Heal

Thu, 11 Mar 2010 16:03:00 EST

Question: 4 months ago, I had LIS performed to heal 2 chronic fissures. The incision was left open. The surgeon has told me that my 2 fissures are closing/closed, but I continue to have pain and bleeding during BMs.

The surgeon told me, and I agree, that this is still wound pain from the original . . .

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