A cut will be made around each hemorrhoid. The swollen vein inside will be tied off so it doesn't bleed. The hemorrhoid will then be taken out. The wounds will either be stitched closed or left open to heal.
There are other ways this can be done. Your doctor will talk to you about which one will work best for you.
Immediately After Procedure
You will be monitored in a recovery area for a few hours.
How Long Will It Take?
About 1-2 hours
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will keep you pain free. After the procedure, it can be controlled with medicines.
During your stay, the healthcare staff will take steps to lower your chances of infection such as:
Washing their hands
Wearing gloves or masks
Keeping your incisions covered
There are also steps you can take to lower your chances of infection such as:
Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and healthcare staff to do the same
Reminding your healthcare staff to wear gloves or masks
Not allowing others to touch your incisions
To help you feel better faster:
Don't strain, bear down, or hold your breath during a bowel movement.
Don't sit on the toilet for long periods of time.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if any of these occur:
Passing large amounts of blood
Fever or chills
Pain that you can't control with the medicines you were given
Problems passing urine
Unexpected discharge from the anus
An aching feeling develops in the area between the rectum and the genitals
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
Hemorrhoids. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gastrointestinal-disorders/anorectal-disorders/hemorrhoids. Updated July 2018. Accessed August 24, 2018.
Hemorrhoidectomy. Encyclopedia of Surgery website. Available at: http://www.surgeryencyclopedia.com/Fi-La/Hemorrhoidectomy.html. Accessed August 23, 2018.
Last reviewed May 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 8/24/2018
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