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Is it normal to have discomfort from having a harmonic scalpel hemorrhoidectomy done?

Is it normal to have discomfort from having a harmonic scalpel hemorrhoidectomy done?

Yes: Pain after hemorrhoid surgery is very common. Any type of surgical excision can cause significant pain, even with a harmonic scalpel. Oral pain medications and sometimes a local anesthetic gel can be applied directly to the area, ask your surgeon.

Dr. Sean O Donovan
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Hemorrhoid Surgery (Definition)

Hemorrhoid surgery is a procedure done to treat enlarged hemorrhoids. There are several variations, depending on the type of hemorrhoids you have, their size, and your doctor's expertise in a particular procedure. Most are done as an outpatient. While the biggest complaint is pain following surgery, newer procedures are able to minimize discomfort and ...Read more


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What's a hemorrhoidectomy?

What's a hemorrhoidectomy?

Surgical: Removal of the 3 internal hemorrhoidal veins and generally a disruption of the network of external hemorrhoidal veins.

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Does it hurt to get a hemorrhoidectomy done?

Does it hurt to get a hemorrhoidectomy done?

Yes: Even when done perfectly, a standard hemmorhoidectomy remained one of the most painful surgeries to recover from. There are new techniques that may lessen the pain somewhat such as the use of ligasure. There is also a new technique called thd which uses a doppler probe to find the source of the problem without an incision and looks to be a promising new technique with minimal post-op discomfort.

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What is the recovery time after hemorrhoidectomy?

Days to weeks: Can be painful for days or weeks depending on each person. More discomfort maybe with standard incisional surgery & maybe less discomfort with internal stapled technique. Little or no discomfort with internal hemorrhoid banding.

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How many people at 30 have had a hemorrhoidectomy?

How many people at 30 have had a hemorrhoidectomy?

Many: Other treatment options include topical medication, infrared coagulation, injection sclerotherapy and rubberband ligation. Theses are quick, painless office procedures. See a colorectal surgeon.

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How long is recovery out of work after a hemorrhoidectomy?

How long is recovery out of work after a hemorrhoidectomy?

No set time.: There are many different ways to do hemorrhoidectomy and recovery time depends on the procedure adopted. In old classical hemorrhoidectomy it used to be long time but the new techniques have cut it very short. Good rule of thumb is when you don't have pain you can resume work.

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For how long does it take to reecover after a hemorrhoidectomy?

For how long does it take to reecover after a hemorrhoidectomy?

Depends: It depends on how bad the hemorrhoids are and how many. Recovery may take 2 weeks or two months depending on how extensive the surgery.

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What is recoverr from a hemorrhoidectomy like? Worried about bm.

What is recoverr from a hemorrhoidectomy like? Worried about bm.

Painful: Hemorrhoidectomy is a small operation on a very sensitive part of the body. At least 1 week out of work. Avoid constipation by eating tons of fiber, drink plenty of water, soak in hot sits bath.

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How long does it take to have normal bm after a hemorrhoidectomy?

How long does it take to have normal bm after a hemorrhoidectomy?

2-3 weeks: It take a while to heal the surgery site, then go back to normal.

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Can you tell me about hemorrhoidectomy and what was the recovery time?

Can you tell me about hemorrhoidectomy and what was the recovery time?

Depends: There are several variations of "hemorrhoidectomy" depending on exactly how large your hemorrhoids are and the distribution of internal versus external hemorrhoids. If only internal hemorrhoids need to be removed then the recovery is quite short, 7-10d to full activity. If large external hemorrhoids need to be removed this is more painful and can take up to a month to full recovery.

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Hemorrhoidectomy schedule in 3 weeks== how many days should I take off work?

Hemorrhoidectomy schedule in 3 weeks== how many days should I take off work?

What's your job?: I cousel at least one week off work, as there will be swelling of the tissues and you will be uncomforatble sitting for long periods. I also counsel 2-3 weeks of lifting no more thsn 5 lb, as doing so increases pressure in the operated area and could theoretically increase the chance of postop bleeding.

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What could be the side effects of hemorrhoidectomy?

What could be the side effects of hemorrhoidectomy?

Several: Bleeding, infection, anal stenosis, anal leakage, but all are uncommon.

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Is it true that labor is more painful than hemorrhoidectomy?

Classical hemorrhoid: Means years ago excision of hemorrhoids were very painful and pain lasted for weeks and of course labor pain ends in few hours. But latest staple hemorrhoidectomy has come long way and it is barely painful.

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3 weeks post hemorrhoidectomy and am still feeling a lot of pressure in that area. Is this normal for this point in recovery?

3 weeks post hemorrhoidectomy and am still feeling a lot of pressure in that area. Is this normal for this point in recovery?

Can be: That pressure sensation is still happening in many patients at this point after hemorrhoid surgery. It can come from spasm of the sphincter muscle and is not permanent. Maintaining soft but formed stools, usually by taking fiber, is the name of the game after hemorrhoid surgery

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What is it like to have a hemorrhoidectomy for hemorrhoids?

Usually painful: Hemorrhoid surgery is often a day surgery procedure. It is usually painful for several days after as the area is healing. There may be some mild bleeding or drainage afterward. Bowel movements may be painful. But once the healing has occurred, the previous problems for which you are having the surgery are gone.

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Pus coming from hemorrhoidectomy site a week after the surgery, it it normal?

Pus coming from hemorrhoidectomy site a week after the surgery, it it normal?

No: Pus or infection like drainage is never normal after surgery, seek medical evaluation and treatment immediately.

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Is it possible that the heavy feeling in my rectum after stapler hemorrhoidectomy is a sign of a prolapsed rectum? What can I do? : (

If you had: If you had a prolapsed hemorrhoid you would see a protrusion out of your anus during a mirror examination of your self. Speak to your doctor.

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Can you get more hemorrhoids even after hemorrhoidectomy?

Can you get more hemorrhoids even after hemorrhoidectomy?

Indeed. See below.: Hemorrhoid tissue is normal, occupies the wall of the low anal canal, and helps maintain continence of stool and gas. Problems like straining or constipation cause them to become floppy and protrude or bleed. Hemorrhoidectomy removes only the most prominent tissue. If the original cause of the hemorrhoidal problem isn't improved, other hemorrhoid tissue can become symptomatic. Increase your fiber.

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