Here's a link with pics of hemmies (first set of pics) and anal skin tags (pics below hemmies) with a breif description, basically they are diseased tissue which is why they don't heal properly (if at all) when removed surgically.
Mine hurt, some people don't notice pain, but I have many and they're large and usually are quite hard (painful) on occassion, very rarely, they're softer but still large.
I had hemorrhoid surgery before I was diagnosed with Crohn's. (In fact, that's what lead to the diagnosis.) I had skin tags at the time, and I was told by the surgeon that they were anal warts. He removed them when he did the surgery, and less than a week later they were back. It's been over a year now, and I still don't think I'm 100% healed from the surgery. My tush gets very sore and red occasionally- sometimes from "overuse" and sometimes for no reason I can figure- and when that happens it's not unusual for me to bleed a little bit where the incisions were made.
Mine look and feel like a flap of tissue growing out of my anus. Between the skin tags and the consistency of my stools, it's very hard to wipe properly and get clean, which makes things more uncomfortable. For me, the complications of the tags are more uncomfortable than the tags themselves. Mine are really just flaps of sensitive tissue in an unfortunate place.
Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength
Diagnosed with severe Crohn's colitis in May 2005--spread to ileum and small intestine as of April 2008. Have taken Imuran, Remicade, TPN, Colozal, Entocort, Flagyl, PamineForte, Cipro, Dicyclomine, Prednisone, Asacol, Prevacid, and the list goes on. Currently on Remicade every 8wks, 40mg Pred, Pentasa.