Hemorrhoid surgery is the removal of swollen veins around the anus.
See also: Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoid surgery is often done in an outpatient clinic or your doctor's office, with little or no anesthesia.
Hemorrhoids can be surgically removed using a special stapler or sutures (stiches). After the hemorrhoid is removed, you may have stitches that dissolve on their own and gauze packing to reduce bleeding.
Other treatments may include:
Smaller hemorrhoids may not need surgery.
Most small hemorrhoids can be managed with lifestyle changes and diet.
Your doctor may recommend hemorrhoid surgery if lifestyle and diet changes and medicines have not worked.
Risks for any surgery are:
Risks for any anesthesia are:
Risks for hemorrhoid surgery are:
Always tell your doctor or nurse:
Several days before surgery, you may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), warfarin (Coumadin), and any other drugs that make it hard for your blood to clot.
On the day of the surgery:
You may have a lot of pain after surgery as the area tightens and relaxes. You may be given medications to relieve pain.
Gradually return to your normal activities. Avoid lifting, pulling, or strenuous activity until your bottom has healed. This includes straining during bowel movements or urination. To avoid straining, you will need to use stool softeners. Eat more fiber to ease bowel movements. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.
Soaking in a warm bath (sitz bath) can help relieve pain. Sit in 3 to 4 inches of warm water a few times a day.
You should have a complete recovery in about 2 weeks.
Most people do very well after hemorrhoid surgery. You will still need to take steps to help prevent the hemorrhoids from coming back. Eating a high-fiber diet, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding constipation may help.
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Updated by: Shabir Bhimji, MD, PhD, Specializing in General Surgery, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Midland, TX. Review Provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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