Anorectal disease refers to illnesses of the anus and/or rectum. The most common ailments include hemorrhoids, anal fissures, anorectal abscesses and anal fistulas. Two of our surgeons specialize in treatment of these disorders. Most treatments can be done in our office or the outpatient setting.
Hemorrhoids are swollen (dilated) veins located in or around the anus and rectum. Hemorrhoids are very common, especially during pregnancy and after childbirth. They result from increased pressure in the veins of the anus. The pressure causes the veins to bulge and expand, making them painful, particularly when you are sitting. The most common cause [...]
Surgery for Anal Cancer Surgery is a treatment option for early-stage anal cancer, particularly stage 0, as well as some stage I and II anal cancers. You and your surgeon would discuss the pros and cons of surgery before deciding if it’s an appropriate option for you. There are two surgical procedures for anal cancer, [...]
An anal fistula (also called fistula-in-ano) is frequently the result of a previous or current anal abscess, occurring in up to 50% of patients with abscesses. Normal anatomy includes small glands just inside the anus. Occasionally, these glands get clogged and potentially can become infected, leading to an abscess. The fistula is a tunnel that [...]
An anal fissure (fissure-in-ano) is a small, oval shaped tear in skin that lines the opening of the anus. Fissures typically cause severe pain and bleeding with bowel movements. Fissures are quite common in the general population, but are often confused with other causes of pain and bleeding, such as hemorrhoids. Symptoms of an Anal [...]