Many of my patients at the Los Angeles Proctology Institute have questions about what to expect following hemorrhoid removal surgery. Will it hurt? How long? Can I do the things I normally do? Will they just come back anyway?
Many of these questions are covered on our hemorrhoid information page, but some of the subjective concerns about the experience of hemorrhoid surgery remain a mystery. That’s why I like to share stories such as these, which offer a glimpse behind the curtain, as it were, and give prospective patients a better sense of what to expect in the way of healing and recovery:
As things heal externally I have a lot of itching and the lidocaine has been awesome for that. My pain has dramatically improved. I wake up in the mornings practically pain-free and that continues until I have a BM. That will wake up some of the pain, but I think of it more as an annoying pinching feeling. Another plus is I don’t have to take a bath and I can sit on most soft surfaces without a donut.
Hemorrhoids get better after removal surgery. This includes procedures such as hemorrhoid banding, hemorrhoid sclerotherapy, and infrared coagulation. Hemorrhoid removal is generally permanent: you may eventually get hemorrhoids again if you fail to take aggressive preventive measures, but the procedure will “knock out” the current crop for good.
If you have questions about hemorrhoid removal in Los Angeles, don’t hesitate to call us. We’re always happy to discuss our patients’ expectations in detail.