While we will always do everything we can to avoid surgery, sometimes it is inevitable. If you need to have surgery to remove hemorrhoids, there are some things that you need to know to be prepared. Knowing what to expect during and after your surgery is important to its success.
The Surgery Itself
Surgical hemorrhoid treatment is a very simple procedure, and it is usually done on an outpatient basis. However, it is surgery, and any surgery comes with risks. Discuss with your doctor the risks of your surgery, and to get an understanding of the procedure itself. You will be placed under anesthesia for the surgical procedure, and you will need someone with you to take you home afterwards.
Total recovery time for surgical hemorrhoid treatment could be up to three weeks. However, the first week of recovery is generally the hardest. During the first week, you will experience pain, bleeding, and itching. You will be limited in your movements due to the pain, such as bending or kneeling. You should not resume normal activity for at least one week while your body heals. Eating a diet high in fiber, taking pain medications, and taking stool softeners will help keep your discomfort to a minimum.
After your surgery, there are a few things that you can expect. Most people who have this surgery experience quite a bit of pain for the first week, sometimes longer. The pain may not fully resolve itself for two to three weeks. It is important to listen to your body and use your pain as a gauge for when to resume activities. Following your doctor’s orders for recovery is also important because if you can keep your stools loose and the area clean, you will avoid most complications or infections.
If you have a severe case of hemorrhoids and may need surgical treatment, contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment. Although any surgery is scary, putting off hemorrhoid treatment will only make your condition worse. Contact us today.