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This saturday will be a year.

Postby suzyljank » 24 Apr 2014, 13:49

Saturday will be a year since I had double advancement flaps done. Wow. I haven't posted under success stories because I just don't want to jinx myself.
It's been quite a journey but worth it. I can't believe I suffered for almost 6 years with an anal fissure and the awful spasms. I tried just about everything including LIS. In the end anoplasty was the only option I had left and yet I kept postponing it. I put in on hold for 5 years because of my fear when I should have gone ahead and had it done sooner but you live and learn I guess. I'm so grateful to my CRS. He explained every single step to me and he was a great comfort when I felt so down. In my case the fissure was the result of stenosis from hemmie surgery. Just treating the fissure was never going to work that's why I kept retearing.
The flaps helped so much by making the opening larger and stretchable. I'll probably never be able to have a super sized bm but I do go pretty normal now. Because of all of the surgery I do have to be careful, the area is still easily irritated but it doesn't last long. I have another year on full recovery.. I still dilate once a day and it's just a part of my morning routine now. Once in a great while I'll feel a little tight especially if I had a few bouts of diarrhea but I'm not tight, I can still dilate and pass for me a normal bm. I can get a little burning too from too many bms a day but that doesn't last either. I am glad the donor sites were left open to heal because I do get a little pulling now and then. If my CRS would have closed those sites the pulling from surgical scar tissue would not have been good. I'm not sure what the name of my procedure was but it wasn't the house flap or the V-Y flap.
My CRS told when I hit the year mark I could ride a bike again and that's exactly what I've started to do. I found this stress free bike seat and it's great, doesn't touch any areas from my surgery. It looks a little weird but it's comfortable.
To any one out there that has a fissure that hasn't healed or hasn't stay healed don't give up hope. Talk to your doctor and find out all your options, if you don't like what your doctor has to say find a new one but don't give up. If you've had any hemmie surgery consider stenosis too. It's a very common side effect of that surgery and the sooner you address it the better you'll be. Another little tip I learned from my mom. The surgical site can get tender even after it heals, she told me to rub a little castor oil into the area because it softens scar tissue. At first I thought no way but then I gave it a try. Works wonders. I told my family doctor and she said that's an old remedy for scar tissue and joint pain and it works great. Good luck to all of you who are on the road to recovery and to those who are just starting your journey. Don't give up. All the best Suzy :smilyhug:
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Re: This saturday will be a year.

Postby Scientist2516 » 24 Apr 2014, 14:53

This is great, Suzy!
It's fantastic that you are doing so well. Thanks for telling us your story.
It's really important that people like you keep us updated on how things are.
It can take a long time - wow, a whole year - but the time does eventually pass and bring healing.
Congratulations!
Nifedipine/lidocaine, no help
Diltiazem, effective, but caused major rash
Nitroglycerine, effective.
Topical estrogen for final healing.
Gentle heat to bottom - pain relief, muscle relaxant
Kondremul mineral oil
Time - lots of time.
Status - Healed!
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Re: This saturday will be a year.

Postby Rachael 1984 » 25 Apr 2014, 02:37

:smilyhug: Thank you Suzy, so glad to hear how well you're doing. You are a total inspiration to us all. You've given me new hope. Xxx
Hem Banding sept 2012
2Fissures
Nitro- Effective short term
April 2013-Botox-Effective short term
Diltazem-No effect, developed Rash
July 2014-Diagnosed High Resting Pressure
LIS performed on 17.9.14
Ongoing pain/re-tears. Awaiting pressure test results.
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Re: This saturday will be a year.

Postby owmybum » 25 Apr 2014, 12:53

Wow... Suzy... A year already!!
It's amazing how well you've done... Rachael's right, you're an inspiration to us all... And you give me hope that after my surgery I will be able to get my life back.

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fissure after hem banding and tag removal feb 11
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Nitro
Internal flap July 14
EUA and polyps removed Nov 14
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Diagnosed with HS EDS type 3 (causes poor wound healing )
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Re: This saturday will be a year.

Postby sotiredofthis » 26 Apr 2014, 14:59

Echoing what everyone else has said! So glad you are where you are now!
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