If there are changes in surgeries or other scheduled appointments, your provider will notify you. We continue to provide in-person care and telemedicine appointments. Your rectum is the lower part of your colon, where stool forms. If the rectum drops out of its normal place within the body and pushes out of the anal opening, the condition is called rectal prolapse.
Your doctor will likely ask about your medical history and perform a physical exam, including a gentle inspection of the anal region. Often the tear is visible. Usually this exam is all that's needed to diagnose an anal fissure. An acute anal fissure looks like a fresh tear, somewhat like a paper cut. A chronic anal fissure likely has a deeper tear, and may have internal or external fleshy growths. A fissure is considered chronic if it lasts more than eight weeks.
We include products we think are useful for our readers. If you buy through links on this page, we may earn a small commission. An anal fissure is a small cut or tear in the lining of the anus.
An anal fissure is an anal tear or crack, in the lining of the anal canal, a cut or tear in the anus that extends into the anal canal. Most anal fissures are less than one centimeter across, but the anus is a highly sensitive part of the body. As a result, a pain in this region can be quite severe, even with a small tear. In this article we will cover the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of anal fissures, and cover way in which they can be prevented. Here are some key points about anal fissures.