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Positive Experience w Anal Tag Surgery

Postby ATLbetterbum » 20 Feb 2017, 20:13

I've seen a lot of people suggesting that anal tags are better left alone - I just wanted to share a positive experience and say that if you're on the fence about getting it done, go do it!

That said, the surgeries and the recovery weren't easy. I had four large anal tags that my doctor excised in four separate surgeries, spaced five weeks apart each. That is a LONG time to be in recovery. The good thing about getting them removed individually though, is that the doctor is able to see how each of the excisions is healing when removing the next tag, which I think results in a better looking end product (yes we all care how it looks back there!)

Also, I think dealing with the surgeries one tag at a time, is while it takes longer, the recovery for each surgery has to be easier. My main tips are: 1) no fiber in the recovery - less bulk = smaller BMs = less pain! 2) try to eat as little as possible the day before the surgery and about a week after - same idea about reducing bulk and 3) take 1-2 tbsp of mineral oil after each meal for about a week after each surgery to facilitate quick and "complete" BMs.

I've just finished recovering from my 4th surgery, and it looks WAY better back there, it's easier to keep clean, and no more pain / swelling. My doctor is a colorectal surgeon who specializes in this type of thing, I wouldn't consider seeing any other type of doctor to get it done.

So yes, if you are on the fence about this, go get it done! It's a painful / difficult process, but not having to deal with anal tags long term is worth it.
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Re: Positive Experience w Anal Tag Surgery

Postby monkeybutt812 » 02 Mar 2017, 06:57

I'm glad to hear you had a positive experience. I've had an anal tag at the 7 oclock position for many years now. Lately it has been annoying and been getting irritated like all the time. I put in a request for a referral to a specialist but in this community it seems like there aren't many CRS or proctologists and I think they will send me to a GI doc. It's annoying because if I keep my stools soft and regular and I'm able to clean up with a bidet (I use a handheld sprayer) it usually isn't a big issue.
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Re: Positive Experience w Anal Tag Surgery

Postby monkeybutt812 » 02 Mar 2017, 07:13

However, I must say that I've always had a bit of discomfort with sitting since developing this tag and wiping with dry toilet paper is pretty much impossible.
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Re: Positive Experience w Anal Tag Surgery

Postby Intobetterdays » 08 Mar 2017, 02:37

How long did it take to get the tag excision site to heal fully...aka no mild burning at the opening post BM etc? Congrats on your journey :)
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Re: Positive Experience w Anal Tag Surgery

Postby ATLbetterbum » 08 Mar 2017, 18:37

Intobetterdays wrote:How long did it take to get the tag excision site to heal fully...aka no mild burning at the opening post BM etc? Congrats on your journey :)

My general rule of thumb after each tag excision:

1 week after: I was walking normal again and minimal pain during BMs except for the occasional extra hard stool
2 weeks after: feeling ~85% back to normal; still keeping a cotton ball between the cheeks because there's still a little blood/fluid coming from the surgery site
3 weeks after: even hard BMs don't really hurt much anymore; no more cotton balls needed; swelling/sensitivity at the surgery site are HUGELY better
4 weeks after: it's basically healed at this point, still a little sensitivity when wiping but it's like 2% of the original pain level
5 weeks after: ready for the next excision
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Re: Positive Experience w Anal Tag Surgery

Postby ATLbetterbum » 08 Mar 2017, 18:38

Intobetterdays wrote:How long did it take to get the tag excision site to heal fully...aka no mild burning at the opening post BM etc? Congrats on your journey :)

And thank you!
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Re: Positive Experience w Anal Tag Surgery

Postby Intobetterdays » 08 Mar 2017, 18:41

Thank you for responding :) I am 3 months post surgery (fissurectomy, haemorrondectomy and tag excision) , but the tag excision site is not a 100% healed. I get mild burning at the site after BM and it usually goes away within 5-10 mins but is a bit irritated everyday. Nothing unbearable, but I always feel 98% healed. Am I ever going to feel a 100%? Do you feel like a normal human sans any AF/BM issues? :) thanks for your response. I'm so happy for your journey!
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Re: Positive Experience w Anal Tag Surgery

Postby ATLbetterbum » 09 Mar 2017, 10:52

Intobetterdays wrote:Thank you for responding :) I am 3 months post surgery (fissurectomy, haemorrondectomy and tag excision) , but the tag excision site is not a 100% healed. I get mild burning at the site after BM and it usually goes away within 5-10 mins but is a bit irritated everyday. Nothing unbearable, but I always feel 98% healed. Am I ever going to feel a 100%? Do you feel like a normal human sans any AF/BM issues? :) thanks for your response. I'm so happy for your journey!

You'll get there! Is it 100% healed, ie are the incisions all the way closed? May be a better question for your doctor, have you considered a follow up appt?
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Re: Positive Experience w Anal Tag Surgery

Postby Lostandconfused » 29 Apr 2017, 18:27

So great to hear!! How are you doing now? I'm hoping they will remove my tag since my fissure is fully healed *knock on wood*
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Re: Positive Experience w Anal Tag Surgery

Postby Lilyanna » 25 Sep 2017, 04:15

Sounds like a great experience for you! I'm thinking of getting it done (I've had 2 anal tags for years at 12 and 6 o'clock) who was your surgeon? Would love to look him up!
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