What is anal sphincteroplasty?
Anal sphincteroplasty is a procedure used to repair weakened or torn anal sphincter muscles. These muscles are very important because they control bowel movements. By repairing these muscles, we can effectively treat fecal incontinence, which results in involuntary fecal leakage. The anal sphincter is made up of two parts: the internal and external sphincters. Damage to either of these muscles often occurs during childbirth or from pelvic surgery. This damage will compromise the muscles’ ability to keep stool in the rectum until the appropriate time. With an anal sphincteroplasty, the surgeons at South Bay Urology can repair the anal sphincter muscles and restore them to their normal function. This procedure can be performed on both men and women with fecal incontinence.
What can I expect during the procedure?
During sphincteroplasty, an incision is made near the rectum in order to gain access to the anal sphincter. Once the sphincter is identified, it is dissected out and separated. At this point, subsequent overlapping repair is performed to restore the muscle all the way around the rectum.
Before the procedure, we will conduct tests to identify areas of weakness or defects in the area. We will also draw some basic lab work before you get surgical clearance.
What can I expect from the recovery process?
You may need to stay overnight at the hospital. Most patients report mild pain after the procedure, but the level of pain will vary. Overall recovery time includes 6 weeks with certain activity restrictions. But you will be able to return to your normal routine shortly after the procedure. We will discuss the risks and post-op restrictions with you during your initial appointment.
Schedule a consultation in Southern California
If you suffer from fecal incontinence, schedule an appointment at South Bay Urology. From our office in Torrance, we can determine the best treatment option for you. To get started, give us a call at (310) 542-0199 or request an appointment online.