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Is rectal burning and irritation common after anal fissure surgery?

Q: I had an anal fissure surgery last year but I still have minor stool leakage at the end of the day when I take off my underwear (it is slightly stained). I also have rectal burning and irritation. Is this very common, even though the surgery was nearly 2 months ago? Will this go away? It is somewhat uncomfortable, and makes me feel dirty?

A:A mild incontinence is not uncommon after a surgery for an anal fissure. There is a high probability that it will go away, even though your surgery was two months ago. The irritation is also not unusual. I suggest that you wait, and consult your doctor for some perineal exercises.

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