One of the body parts that few people learn to love and feel comfortable with is their anus. Because we defecate through our anus, and because it’s part of our “private” parts, we don’t like to talk about it, and we don’t want to think about it.
Until it hurts. If you’ve suffered any kind of anal trauma, you not only have to deal with the pain of the condition itself, but you may suffer shame and embarrassment when considering medical treatment. Anal trauma may be the result of:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Sexual activity
- Inserted objects
- Overly tight anus
The caring and expert team at Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford diagnoses and treats anal trauma in the safety and comfort of their Bloomfield, South Windsor, and Plainville, Connecticut offices. If you have anal pain or trauma, contact us right away so you can get the effective treatment you need to restore your anus to health.
Removing foreign objects
Whether you were engaged in sex play or whether your child experimented with sticking something up their bottom, objects can get lodged in the anal canal, causing pain and trauma. Don’t try to remove the object yourself: Head straight for the nearest Emergency Room.
Doctors are experienced at removing all kinds of objects from anal canals and know how to do so safely. If you try to take the object out yourself, you could further traumatize the anal canal or rectum, causing permanent damage.
The foreign object may also have damaged or perforated the anal or rectal walls. A foreign object could cause nerve and muscle damage. You may need surgery to repair your anus and rectum.
If somebody inserted the object into your anus against your will or with deliberately malicious force, you have been sexually assaulted. Ask your doctor to refer you to a specialist who deals with sexual assault so you can get the care you need. You can also ask your doctor to help you contact a victim advocate or law enforcement.
Stopping anal bleeding
If you have anal pain or bleeding, you should come to Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Hartford as soon as possible to determine the cause. You can manage your pain in the meantime with cold compresses to your anus and over-the-counter pain medication. Anal bleeding could be the result of:
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Anal cancer
Anal bleeding and pain could be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from vigorous sex play to anal cancer. If your anal bleeding is profuse or persists for more than a couple of days, be sure to schedule an appointment with our colorectal experts.
Our doctors first diagnose the cause of your anal bleeding and pain, and then develop a customized treatment plan. Depending on your needs, they may recommend:
- Stool softeners
- Dietary changes
- Sitz baths
- Hydrocortisone creams
- Nitroglycerin ointment
- Surgical repair
Don’t try to diagnose and treat anal bleeding on your own. Anal bleeding can be a symptom of a serious disease that needs treatment right away. For instance, doctors can usually cure cases of anal cancer if they catch them early enough. Otherwise, anal cancer could be fatal.
When you suffer anal trauma, you may not be able to defecate without pain. We surgically repair damaged tissues so that they function again. We also perform sphincterotomies to relax overly tight sphincters, which increases your comfort and promotes healing.
Get relief from the pain and suffering of anal trauma by contacting our expert and caring doctors at Colon and Rectal Surgeons of Greater Hartford today. Call the office nearest you, or use the online form.