“Anorectal diseases are the most common medical conditions which can affect your overall health. If left untreated, they can make you suffer from severe illness and can make your life worse. So, it is always recommended not to delay the treatment [surgical or non-surgical] of anorectal diseases.” – says an expert proctologist/anorectal surgeon from Pristine Care.
Some of the common anorectal diseases are piles, fissures, anorectal abscess, fistula, and anal warts. In case you are diagnosed with any of these conditions, try not to rely on home remedies. Home remedies may be helpful for temporary relief but do not cure the disease permanently.
Medical reports estimated that more than 50% to 80% of the total population in the world is suffering from piles. In India alone, 1 million new cases of piles are being reported annually. And a few medical journals and articles state that 20% to 34% of the Indian population are facing difficulties to do their daily activities because of anal fissures.”
Delaying the treatment for anorectal diseases can lead to severe problems. Regardless of the reason for delaying the treatment, you can suffer from chronic medical conditions. In this context, we have mentioned the top eight  reasons why you should not delay your anorectal surgery.
- Formation of blood clots and loss of blood: Because of ruptured piles, complex anal fistula, and chronic anal fissure, one may suffer from anemia [loss of blood]. If the treatment is delayed, blood clots can form within piles and lead to unbearable pain. So, try not to avoid delaying piles treatment or any other anorectal surgeries.
- Secondary or complex anal fistulas: An anal fistula is a tract formed between the end of the bowel and the perianal skin. Due to the constant passing of feces, the tract may get filled with pus and other debris. If the surgical procedure or the treatment is delayed, the anal fistula can develop secondary branches called complex anal fistulas- one internal opening and many external openings.
- Extreme anal pain: Anorectal diseases like piles, fissures, fistula, anal warts, and anal abscess can make you suffer from intense anal pain. So, whenever the doctor recommends undergoing a surgical procedure, don’t delay it. If you delay the treatment, the anal pain can alter your lifestyle and makes it worse for you to sit, walk, and run.
- Multiple fissures: An untreated anal fissure can lead to excruciating pain while sitting or during bowel movements. This can also result in developing multiple chronic fissures [cracks], which can impact your day-to-day activities. So it is always advised to get treated or undergo surgery when it is recommended by the proctologist or fissure specialist.
- Difficult to sit, walk, and run: Untreated anorectal diseases can make you suffer while sitting, walking, or running. To avoid the difficulty and permanently cure the anorectal condition, most doctors recommend undergoing a surgical procedure.
- Anal stenosis: Due to the spasm of the anal sphincter or contraction of the scar tissue, the anal canal can become abnormally narrow and lead to anal stenosis. Because of this, you can find it difficult to pass stool. Anal stenosis is also referred to as an anal stricture.
- Fecal incontinence: One of the main reasons why a person should not delay anorectal diseases is fecal incontinence or bowel incontinence [inability to control bowel movements]. In any case, if you leave an anorectal illness untreated, it can increase your risk of fecal incontinence. So, getting treated or undergoing the right surgical procedure for your specific anorectal disease in time is the best method to avoid having fecal incontinence. Also, getting the proper treatment from the best specialist can improve your overall quality of life.
- Strangulation of piles: Many proctologists and piles specialists recommend undergoing surgery to cure hemorrhoids or piles. If the treatment or the surgery is delayed, piles can prolapse and get trapped by the anal muscles leading to a cut of the blood supply [to piles]. This strangulation can cause some complications like thrombosis.
As a result of delayed treatment for anorectal diseases [piles, fissures, fistula, etc.], one can suffer from complications like:
- Severe large lumps at the anal area
- Anal ulcers
- Leakage of pus and other fluids from the anus
- Itching and burning sensation in and around the anal area
- Severe anal pain and discomfort while passing stools
As said earlier, home remedies won’t help in curing anorectal diseases. They only help in reducing the severity and the occurrence of the disease condition. To cure them permanently without significant risks and complications, a surgical procedure is one of the best ways to undergo. Each anorectal disease can be cured with a specific surgical procedure.
Some of the surgical methods that a proctologist can recommend to cure anorectal diseases are:
For piles or hemorrhoids:
- Open or traditional piles surgery [Hemorrhoidectomy]
- Laser piles surgery
For anal fissures:
- Fissurectomy [Open or traditional fissure surgery]
- Laser fissure surgery
- Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy [LIS]
For anal fistulas:
- Laser fistula surgery
Delaying anorectal disease treatment or surgery isn’t good for one’s health. Always try to get treated when your doctor suggests the best possible treatment. Also, inquire about the details about the surgery like its benefits, risks, complications, and how long it takes to complete, recovery time, and cost.
To know more details about each surgical procedure for curing specific anorectal disease, you can contact Pristine Care. They house the most experienced anorectal surgeons and proctologists who can easily diagnose and cure the severity and the type of the disease.