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There are a number of acute painful conditions of the anal region that can be treated with an urgent surgical procedure. The following two are the most common:

  • Incision and drainage of an anal abscess.
    An anal abscess is a pus-filled cavity near the anus, this can occur deep in the rectum or close to the anus opening. The symptoms of anal abscess include pain and tenderness radiating from the abscess. There may also be visible redness and swelling and/or fever. The treatment for anal abscess is surgical drainage. The longer one waits to have the anal abscess drained, the higher chance of a fistula tract to develop from the abscess. Anal fistula, or fistula-in-ano, is a connection between the anal canal where the abscess originated with the perianal skin. IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE THIS CONDITION, PLEASE LET US KNOW WHEN YOU CALL TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.
  • Excision of thrombosed hemorrhoid.
    Thrombosed external hemorrhoid (TEH) develops when a blood clot (thrombosis) develops in a hemorrhoid. The hemorrhoid becomes a painful, swollen lump around the anal opening. TEH can be brought on by heavy exercise, lifting, constipation and/or straining. It is also commonly associated with pregnancy. TEH may be excised in the office and reduce symptoms of pain and swelling. The best time to have an excision of the thrombosed hemorrhoid is within the first 1-3 days of the onset of swelling. After this time frame, the benefits from a surgical excision decreases. IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE THIS CONDITION, PLEASE LET US KNOW WHEN YOU CALL TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

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