A cut will be made around each hemorrhoid. The swollen vein inside will be tied off so it does not bleed. The hemorrhoid will then be taken out. The wounds will either be stitched closed or left open to heal.
There is more than one method to remove hemorrhoids. The method used will depend on the one that will work best for you.
How Long Will It Take?
About 1 to 2 hours
Will It Hurt?
Pain and swelling are common. Medicine and home care can help.
At the Hospital
The staff may give you pain medicine after the procedure.
During your stay, the hospital staff will take steps to lower your risk 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 risk of infection, such as:
Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and staff to do the same
Reminding staff to wear gloves or masks
Not letting others touch your incisions
It will take 6 to 8 weeks to recover. Physical activity may need to be limited during recovery. Dietary changes will also need to be made. You may need to ask for help with daily activities and delay return to work for a about a week.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if you are not getting better or you have:
Signs of infection, such as fever or chills
Pain that you cannot control with medicine
Problems passing stool or urine
Unexpected discharge from the anus
Passed large amounts of blood
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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Last reviewed September 2020 by
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Last Updated: 4/20/2021
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