Anal tags are common and often cause bleeding, anal itch, discomfort or difficulty with hygiene. Anal tags are common in all ages and are usually remnants of external haemorroids. Anal tags are more common in females, especially after pregnancy. Anal skin tag excision is a simple procedure that is conducted under a light anaesthetic in hospital.
The procedure is very quick, with the skin tag being removed with electrocautery. No stitches are used to close the wounds.
There is generally a small amount of bleeding, scarring and/or swelling, in addition to some pain after this procedure. Bleeding should only last for 2-3 days after surgery.
You may also experience difficulty with bowel movements generally and may have more wind than usual - it is fairly normal not to have a bowel movement during the first 2-3 days after the procedure and the first one can be a little painful. Pain medication and laxatives will help with this. Any post-operative bleeding or discharge in the days immediately after surgery can be absorbed using feminine sanitary pads.
You should be able to resume normal activities within 7 days after the procedure.
The risks of anal skin tag excision include: