A hemorrhoidectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove anal inflammations. Typically the surgery occurs under local anesthesia or spinal anesthesia so you will not feel pain. The surgery is usually done with a scalpel or with a laser. The surgery usually occurs in a surgery center and you will most likely go home the same day.
Recovery from this procedure usually takes two to three weeks, depending on the severity of the condition and the success of the surgery. You can expect to experience pain and discomfort after surgery as well as the days directly following the surgery. Your doctor will most likely give you a prescription for the pain that you should as directed. You can also ask your doctor what over the counter pain relievers would be beneficial for you.
You may want to apply numbing medications to the anal area before and after bowel movements. Ask your doctor what medications would be right for you, as choosing the right one depends on the severity of your condition. Your doctor will probably prescribe a stool softener to prevent hard stools and excessive straining during bowel movements.
You may want to use ice packs throughout the day to help keep the anal area numb, reduce swelling, and reduce pain.
Your doctor will probably prescribe an antibiotic in order to prevent infection. This is a pretty common practice as infection is a leading side effect of post surgery.
Usually surgery is a last resort, as there are many preventative measures to cure and improve the condition. Your doctor may want to perform a hemorrhoidectomy if you suffer from large, internal, external thrombosed, or reoccurring anal inflammations.
Bleeding, pain, and the ability to urinate or have bowel movements are the most common side effects of this procedure. You should let your doctor know any time you are experiencing any of these side effects.
Typically hemorrhoids only return less than five percent of the time after this surgery is performed. But the true success of this procedure depends on your ability to make adjustments to your lifestyle. Once you have developed this condition, your chances of developing it again are high. Begin by making small changes to your lifestyle after you have recovered from surgery.
Create and maintain a light exercise regimen on a daily basis. Even light walking or stretching of the muscles on a daily basis will greatly improve your body’s natural blood circulation and prevent further inflammations.
Use the restroom as soon as you feel the urge to go. Delaying a bowel movement by minutes can greatly increase your chance of becoming constipated, and lead to excessive straining during bowel movements.
Talk to your doctor about how your lifestyle plays a role in your health and odds of developing this condition again.