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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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Please tell me if there are any complications, side effects or post-surgery scarring from pph hemorrhoid surgery?

Please tell me if there are any complications, side effects or post-surgery scarring from pph hemorrhoid surgery?

Yes, there could be.: May have complications like bleeding, persistent rectal pain if stapled to low in the rectum, even vaginal lesion in women secondary to the staples. In hemorrhoids there is always the chance of recurrence. ...Read more

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What's the recovery time for hemorrhoid surgery?

What's the recovery time for hemorrhoid surgery?

Varies: Get the specifics from your surgeon. The nature/ complexity of surgery, any complication postoperatively, and the most unpredictable of all - individual factors can all impact your recovery. I have patients back to normal in 1 wk and some will take a month to feel normal. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hemorrhoid surgery?

What is the definition or description of: hemorrhoid surgery?

Hemorrhoid Surgery: 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 time spent off work/school. ...Read more

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Should I go for hemorrhoid surgery or are there other options?

Should I go for hemorrhoid surgery or are there other options?

Depends: You dont tell us whether you have symptoms, how severe they are, what treatment has been tried. The majority of people with hemorrhoid symptoms can be treated with diet, fluids, changing bathroom habits and occasionally topical agents. Rubber banding may be an option , but only a thorough medical historey and examinations will help you see your options. ...Read more

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How painful is external hemorrhoid surgery?

How painful is external hemorrhoid surgery?

Care of hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are dilation and swelling of the expandable tissue around the rectal opening. Non operative treatment recommended, and includes bowel regimen (fiber, stool softners, laxatices to goal of 2 soft bowel movements daily) local sauves (prep h, desitin, (zinc oxide diaper cream) anti fungals, other) and hygiene (shower, hair dryer area daily). Surgery only if above fails. Post op pain is expected, manageable. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is hemorrhoid surgery really necessary?

Hello docs, is hemorrhoid surgery really necessary?

Surgery uncommon: Surgery for hemorrhoids may be needed because of recurrent severe bleeding. If a clot develops the pain is severe and the clot has to be removed for relief. Most cases of hemorrhoids don't require surgery. ...Read more

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Is it normal to bleed a lot after hemorrhoid surgery?

Is it normal to bleed a lot after hemorrhoid surgery?

Recovery : During recovery from rectal hemorrhoid surgery it is okay for some bleeding. Check with your surgery team, they will know best your limits. In the meantime hold pressure for 10 minutes while lying down. ...Read more

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What is the procedure done during hemorrhoid surgery?

What is the procedure done during hemorrhoid surgery?

Varies: Depends. If it is a rubber band office procedure, it constricts the internal hemorrhoid veins. Surgery may remove external and internal hemorrhoid veins, or ligate them. Surgical stapling can excise the veins and loose internal lining. ...Read more

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What Is The Best Food To Eat After Hemorrhoid Surgery?

What Is The Best Food To Eat After Hemorrhoid Surgery?

Anuyjing: You can actually eat anything you'd like. I recommend considering a soft or liquid diet for 2-3 days. Also take a still softener once or twice a day. Drink plenty of water and start trying to eat 20-30 grams of fiber a day ...Read more

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Most comfortable way to sleep after hemorrhoid surgery?

Most comfortable way to sleep after hemorrhoid surgery?

I am not aware: That there would be any specific sleeping position that would assist in reducing the discomforts after hemorrhoid surgery. ...Read more

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Hello docs, is hemorrhoid surgery worth the pain and risks?

Hello docs, is hemorrhoid surgery worth the pain and risks?

If all other: Forms of therapy including diet and fluid education, topical agents, rubber banding, etc have failed and the patient is compliant, hemorrhoid surgery performed by a colon and rectal surgeon is definitely a life saver for those patients who really need it. But all other avenues of treatment should be explored before proceeding with surgery. ...Read more

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Which surgical/laser options are available for hemorrhoid surgery?

Which surgical/laser options are available for hemorrhoid surgery?

Surgical options: When surgery is indicated for rectal hemorrhoids there are several excellent options from laser, to coagulation to clamps and sutures. Okay to discuss indications and techniques with your surgeon regarding your specific case. Okay to take friend/family with you to help understand the options. Be well. ...Read more

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How effective is hemorrhoid surgery?

Very: Depending on the procedure. Rubber banding in the office for smaller internal hemorrhoids works well. Surgical excision or hemorrhoid stapling for larger combined internal & external hemorrhoids very effective with low risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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What can I expect when getting hemorrhoid surgery?

Depends: There are several types of hemorrhoid operations that are tailored depending on the severity of your hemorrhoids and whether they are internal, external or both. Internal hemorrhoids can be addressed with less pain and short recovery. External or large complex hemorrhoids require more work in the anal canal where there are more nerves causing more pain for longer. ...Read more

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Is hemorrhoid surgery a better option than living with them?

Is hemorrhoid surgery a better option than living with them?

Simetimes: Hemmorrhoidectomy is a painful procedure but for patients who have not improved despite maximal medical therapy it may offer definitive treatment. Expect 2 weeks of sugnificang discomfort after surgery. ...Read more

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Is hemorrhoid surgery a difficult surgery what's the downtime?

Depends : There are different ways hemorrhoids are treated. Internal hemorrhoids are treated by banding them with a rubber band. Painless with some cramping. Large external hemorrhoids removal is painful. Large hemorrhoids that prolapse or protrude can be treated with a stapling technique. A very well tolerated procedure. Surgery for hemorrhoids should always be a last resort. ...Read more

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Can you do regular activities a week after hemorrhoid surgery?

Can you do regular activities a week after hemorrhoid surgery?

Yes: If you are not in much pain, you can resume most daily activities. You may find you are swollen and sore at the end of a long day on your feet. I would avoid any strenuous exercise for another week or two. ...Read more

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Can you provide some advice for someone who's had hemorrhoid surgery?

Yes : The best thing you can do is not be constipated. Take fiber, softners, laxatives as needed. Sitz bath, soaking in water , 3-4 times per day also helps. Using wet wipes or washing after bowel movement is better than dry paper towel. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Hemorrhoids (Definition)

Swollen and inflamed veins in the rectum and anus that ...Read more