What are anal fissures? Small, painful tears.

Anal fissures are tiny tears or cuts in the lining of the anal canal, leading to discomfort and bleeding. The tears are often exacerbated during bowel movements. They are a common condition that can be extremely painful and can take weeks or months to heal. 

What are the symptoms of anal fissures?

  • Sharp pain
  • Bleeding
  • Itching and burning
  • Difficulty passing stools
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tenderness

Who do anal fissures affect?

Anal fissures can affect a wide range of individuals. The most pronounced are those whose lifestyle predisposes them to constipation or straining during bowel movements, such as a low-fibre diet or prolonged inactivity. Individuals who have suffered from diarrhea or who have practiced anal insertions are more likely to suffer from anal fissures.

While many anal fissures result from the passage of hard stools, some may be associated with more serious underlying conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), sexually transmitted infections, or even precancerous or cancerous lesions. You must seek medical help if you have persistent or worrying symptoms.

If you’re facing the discomfort and challenges of anal fissures, it’s time to find relief. We invite you to seek the empathetic support, personalized diagnostics, and advanced treatment options available at West Island Colorectal Clinic.

Your well-being is our foremost priority!

Dr. Christian Zalai, a dual board-certified colorectal surgeon, explains the complexities of anal fissures, offering expert insights and potential treatment pathways.

How are anal fissures Treated?

At our clinic, we offer a diverse range of treatments tailored to meet your unique needs. Our colorectal surgeons will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Lifestyle and dietary recommendations

Advice and changes in daily habits and food choices to help manage your condition.


Topical creams

Ointments or medicated applications applied directly to the affected area to relieve or manage symptoms and promote healing.


Oral medications

Medications taken by mouth, typically in the form of pills or liquid, to treat and manage conditions internally.


Botox for muscle relaxation

Injections into the anal sphincter muscles to induce muscle relaxation and reduce muscle spasms to promote healing.


Lateral internal anal sphincterotomy

A tailored, internal anal sphincterotomy is an effective option to immediately release tension and promote rapid healing of anal fissures.


Friendly, personalized service and expert advice

West Island Colorectal Clinic is your trusted destination for expert care and treatment of rectal and colorectal conditions. Our experienced specialists and state-of-the-art facilities ensure customized solutions for your unique needs. Gain access to compassionate, effective treatment in a judgment-free space.

Struggling with colon or rectal issues?

Let the experts at West Island Colorectal Clinic guide you through personalized diagnostics and treatment options tailored to your needs.

We ensure that every patient feels heard, respected, and cared for and aim to make your journey to better colorectal health a collaborative, supportive, and positive experience.