[Ambulatory treatment of anal fissure]

Chirurgia (Bucur). 2005 Mar-Apr;100(2):127-32.
[Article in Romanian]


Not a long time ago, the standard treatment for anal fissure was surgical, inpatient care; this concept failed in the last years, ambulatory treatment becoming the rule and the inpatient care the exception. We wish to present here our results in 125 ambulatory patients, who were referred to our proctologic office with anal fissure. We used two methods: a conservative one, by applying topical 0.2% nitroglycerine, similar to other proctology practitioners, and one method of our own which is a minimal surgical procedure consisting of sphincterotomy. The average follow-up period was 6 months. Symptom-free and anatomic-free states were obtained in 61.2% for conservative treated patients and in 91.4% for operated patients, respectively. We had no postoperative complications, rebounds or sequelae. We consider the results at least equal in effectiveness to those of standard surgical treatment. This is why we underline that ambulatory treatment for anal fissure reaches the goal to be of a first line option.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Ambulatory Care*
  • Fissure in Ano / drug therapy
  • Fissure in Ano / surgery
  • Fissure in Ano / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Nitroglycerin / therapeutic use
  • Proctoscopy / methods
  • Vasodilator Agents / therapeutic use


  • Vasodilator Agents
  • Nitroglycerin