What is a Hemorrhoidectomy?
If you’ve ever suffered from hemorrhoids, you know they can be painful. Sometimes the best choice to relieve the pain is a hemorrhoidectomy. This surgery removes troubling hemorrhoids and sends you home on the same day.
A simple medical exam can usually diagnose hemorrhoids. A digital rectal exam may check for rectal bleeding. If bleeding is noted, a colonoscopy may be scheduled to rule out polyps or cancer.
How to Prepare for a Hemorrhoidectomy
While most cases of hemorrhoids are mild and pain relief occurs within two weeks, certain types may require surgery to provide relief. If you’re preparing for a hemorrhoidectomy, follow these tips so you’re ready for surgery.
• The week before surgery, you may be required to stop the usage of certain medications shown to increase bleeding. Medicines like ibuprofen and aspirin will be on this list.
• One day before surgery you will need to either give yourself an enema or drink a solution to clear out your bowels.
• Drink only clear liquids the day before surgery.
• You will also have some limitations regarding food and drink on the day of the surgery. Your doctor should clear up those questions in a pre-op appointment.
• Arrive on time for your appointment.
What is the Recovery Time for a Hemorrhoidectomy?
• Pain medications will be given to you for pain management. It’s much easier to stay on a regulated schedule so you do not become uncomfortable and your pain becomes unmanageable.
• Soaking in warm sitz baths will help with any irritation or pain.
• Sitting for prolonged periods may become uncomfortable, and a donut-shaped pillow will lessen discomfort sitting.
• Bowel movements may be painful, so a stool softener will most likely be prescribed.
• You may have stitches covering the wound that should begin to dissolve over time.
• Using baby wipes will be gentler on the area than regular toilet paper.
Finally Feeling Better
If you suffer from hemorrhoids and want to know if a hemorrhoidectomy is right for you, call us to schedule a consultation. Within no time you’ll be pain-free and back to your active lifestyle.
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