Hemorrhoids are swollen veins around the anus. They may be inside the anus or outside the anus.
Often hemorrhoids do not cause problems. However, if hemorrhoids bleed a lot or cause pain, hemorrhoid surgery can remove them.
Hemorrhoid surgery can be done in your doctor's office or a clinic. In most cases, you can go home the same day. The type of surgery you have may depend on your symptoms and the location and size of the hemorrhoid.
Before the surgery, your doctor will numb the area so you can stay awake, but not feel anything. For some types of surgery, you may be given general anesthesia. This means you will be given medicine in your vein that puts you to sleep during your surgery.
Hemorrhoid surgery may involve:
Other methods include injections and use of infrared light, but these may be less effective.
Often you can manage small hemorrhoids by:
If lifestyle changes don't work and you are having bleeding and pain, your doctor may recommend hemorrhoid surgery.
Risks for this type of surgery include:
Several days before surgery, you may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it hard for your blood to clot. These drugs include:
Be sure to tell your doctor:
On the day of your surgery:
You will usually go home the same day after your surgery. Be sure you arrange to have someone drive you home. You may have a lot of pain after surgery as the area tightens and relaxes. You may be given medications to relieve pain.
Your health care provider will tell you how to care for yourself.
Most people do very well after hemorrhoid surgery. You should have a complete recovery in about 2 weeks.
You will need to continue with diet and lifestyle changes to help prevent the hemorrhoids from coming back.
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Updated by: John A. Daller, MD, PhD., Department of Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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