When is surgery used?
You will experience some pain after the surgery. If your doctor provides a prescription for pain killers, take them as prescribed. Ask your doctor what over the counter medication is ok for you to take. Some bleeding is normal, but if you experience excessive bleeding, seek medical attention. Numbing medicines can be applied before and after bowel movements to help with pain. Ice packs applied to the rectum area can help with swelling and pain. Frequent soaks in warm water (sitz bath) are recommended to help with pain and muscle spasms. Some doctors may prescribe an antibiotic to reduce the chance of infection. Stool softeners are recommended to help keep bowel movements smooth. Straining during bowel movements may cause recurrence of hemorrhoids. Expect a follow-up exam with the surgeon 2 to 3 weeks after the surgery.What to Consider
It is imperative that you make changes in daily habits to help reduce strain in bowel movements. Hemorrhoidectomies may provide better long term results than other hemorrhoid treatments. However, surgery is more costly and comes with a greater risk of complications and pain.
Most Internal Hemorrhoids can either be treated with home treatments and remedies, or fixative procedures. Fixative procedures involve less risk, less pain, and require less time away from work when compared with surgery.