Anorectal Diseases

Common anorectal diseases we do evaluate and treat:
  • Hemorrhoids- swollen blood vessels and tissue in the anus and rectum that can bleed, hurt, itch, clot and become inflamed. There are a variety of treatment options.
  • Fissure- a crack, cut, or tear in the anus that can cause pain and bleeding. A minor operation can repair a fissure that does not respond to non-operative treatment.
  • Fistula/Abscess- an infection (acute for abscess, chronic for a fistula) that can cause pain, discharge and swelling. Draining the infection will be curative. Antibiotics do not heal this disease.
  • Pilonidal Cyst- a cyst in the skin above the tailbone. If infected, antibiotics can help, but the cyst needs to be removed for cure.
  • Warts- a viral infection affecting the anal canal or skin around the anus. These are easily treated in a number of ways, but can recur.
  • Skin Tags- small imperfections of the anus. They can be removed in the office if troublesome. They also may accompany a fissure or fistula.
  • Obstetric Injuries- childbirth can result in damage to the anal sphincter leading to incontinence. Biofeedback or surgery may be quite beneficial in relieving incontinence.
  • Rectal Prolapse- protrusion of the rectum through the anal sphincter. Usually occurs with a bowel movement. Prompt medical attention is required as continued prolapse may cause permanent damage to the anal sphincter and result in incontinence.
  • Fecal Incontinence- may be the result of obstetric or nerve injuries as well as trauma. Biofeedback or surgery are the two treatments of choice.
  • Rectocele- prolapse of the rectum into the vagina making fecal evacuation difficult.