Anal Fissure Specialist

Jean A. Jaffke, M.D. -  - Colorectal Surgeon

Jean A. Jaffke, M.D.

Colorectal Surgeon located in Novi, MI

When you have an anal fissure — a small tear in your anal canal — you may experience painful symptoms that prevent you from having a bowel movement. As a double board-certified colorectal surgeon, Jean Jaffke, MD offers in-office treatments and outpatient surgical procedures to repair anal fissures and reduce your symptoms. Call or schedule an appointment online today for relief.

Anal Fissure Q & A

What is an anal fissure?

An anal fissure is a small tear in the tissue that lines the anus. Anyone can develop an anal fissure, although certain risk factors including your age, childbirth, and engaging in anal intercourse can increase your chances of developing this condition.

Anal fissures are usually painful, especially when you have a bowel movement. You may also experience pain for several hours after a bowel movement. Other symptoms of anal fissures include:

  • Rectal bleeding, including bright red blood after bowel movements
  • A crack in the skin near the anus
  • A skin tag or a small lump near the anal fissure
  • Itchy, irritated skin around your anus

It’s important to get professional medical treatment for anal fissures as they can lead to anal abscesses and other painful complications.

What causes an anal fissure?

Many issues can lead to an anal fissure including:

  • Constipation or passing large, hard stools
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Conditions like Crohn’s disease or another form of inflammatory bowel disease
  • Childbirth
  • Anal cancer
  • Sexually transmitted diseases like herpes, syphilis, or HIV
  • Engaging in anal intercourse

When should I see a doctor about an anal fissure?

You should make an appointment with Dr. Jaffke if you notice blood in your stool or on the toilet paper after a bowel movement.

You should also make an appointment if you have pain when you pass stool or if that pain lasts for hours after your bowel movement.

How are anal fissures treated?

Dr. Jaffke offers several treatments for anal fissures including topical medication, Botox® injections, and surgical therapy. She can prescribe medication to relieve your pain or increase circulation to your anal area to support rapid healing.

Botox injections temporarily paralyze and relax your anal sphincter muscle, which can reduce muscle spasms and pain.

If your anal fissure doesn’t respond to other treatments, Dr. Jaffke performs surgery to reduce your muscle spasms and facilitate healing.

Call or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatments for anal fissures.