You’ve already gone through hundreds of sitz baths. You’re sick and tired of eating oatmeal just to load up on fiber. And yet your hemorrhoids continue to make life difficult. Perhaps now is the time to talk to your proctologist about going under the knife.
Hemorrhoidectomy is an outpatient procedure done by a proctologist to remove hemorrhoids. Using a scalpel or laser, the doctor cuts through the hemorrhoids precisely and have them permanently removed from the patient’s body.
It should be noted that a hemorrhoidectomy procedure is done only after all the other options have been exercised. If conservative management and minimally invasive surgeries are no longer effective, then that’s the only time the doctor will suggest to have the surgery done. This is usually done to people who have experienced significant bleeding, and whose hemorrhoids have already prolapsed. The procedure takes about an hour to finish and is done using general or local anesthesia.
What to Do After a Hemorrhoidectomy
After a hemorrhoidectomy procedure, you will feel pain in your anal area for the next couple of weeks. Pain reliever and hydrocortisone topical cream may be prescribed by your Los Angeles anal surgeon to deal with the pain and itchiness. Ice packs and sitz baths will also help with the discomfort.
It is normal to have difficulty urinating during the first couple of times after surgery. There may even be bleeding after every bowel movement, which will stop once the anus and rectum have healed completely.
So don’t panic and allow yourself enough time to heal. Don’t move too quickly or lift anything too heavy until you feel better. There will also be a follow-up medical appointment weeks after the procedure so that the proctologist can check up on your recovery. You can contact the Proctology Institute if you have more questions about this procedure.