The expert surgeons at Long Island Laparoscopic Doctors perform outpatient hemorrhoid surgery to help patients find relief of painful symptoms.
What are Hemmroids?
Hemorrhoids, sometimes referred to as piles, are swollen veins in the anus and lower rectum. Hemorrhoids may be internal (inside the rectum) or external (outside of the anus). Up to 75% of adults will experience hemorrhoids at some time.
Common symptoms of hemorrhoids include:
- Bright red blood on stool or toilet paper
- Itching or irritation
- Trusted Source Hemorrhoids Symptoms and Causes Mayo Clinic Go to Source Swelling around the anus
Often, home treatment is adequate to reduce hemorrhoids. This may include the use of stool softeners or laxatives, increasing fiber intake, topical treatments available over-the-counter, and warm baths. If hemorrhoid symptoms persist for a week or more despite these methods, patients should seek medical attention. Hemorrhoid removal surgery, or hemorrhoidectomy, may be necessary.
Preparing for Hemorrhoid Surgery
If you have hemorrhoid symptoms that have not abated despite first-line treatment, you should consult with a doctor. If hemorrhoidectomy is recommended, schedule a consultation with a doctor from Long Island Laparoscopic Surgeons, who will give you detailed pre- and postoperative instructions.
The Hemorrhoidectomy Procedure
Hemorrhoidectomy is an outpatient procedure that may be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. During this procedure, a surgeon will remove excessive hemorrhoid tissue that is causing bleeding and other symptoms.
In some cases, hemorrhoid stapling (PPH) may be performed. During this hemorrhoid surgery, the surgeon will reposition the hemorrhoids with a medical staple, which eliminates their blood supply and causes them to shrivel and die.
Hemorrhoid Surgery Recovery
It is normal to experience discomfort or pain after hemorrhoid removal surgery. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication to help you stay comfortable.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are potential complications of hemorrhoid surgery?
Complications after hemorrhoid surgery are rare, and may include:
- Bloody bowel movements
- Inability to pass urine
How do I know if I need hemorrhoid surgery?
If you experience hemorrhoid symptoms that last more than one week despite home treatment, you should consult with a doctor to learn whether hemorrhoid surgery is necessary.
1 Mayo Clinic. Hemorrhoids Symptoms and Causes. Available: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hemorrhoids/symptoms-causes/syc-20360268. Accessed March 7, 2023.
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