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Haemorrhoidectomy Aftercare

What is a Haemorrhoidectomy?

A haemorrhoidectomy is a surgery that removes haemorrhoids. Haemorrhoids (also known as piles) are swollen veins inside or around the anus and lower rectum. While the procedure is generally safe and effective, the recovery after haemorrhoid removal may take several weeks and can be painful. Hence, piles surgery aftercare is crucial.

What to Expect after Haemorrhoidectomy?

After haemorrhoidectomy, you may be in a bit of pain but it will get better each day. Many patients go home on the same day of the surgery, so make sure to arrange for someone to drive you home. With haemorrhoidectomy aftercare, it’s important to follow the instructions given by your surgeon for a healthy and speedy recovery.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Haemorrhoidectomy?

Each patient recovers at a different pace, but generally, you should be able to resume most of your normal activities after 2-3 weeks. However, you must avoid doing tasks that require straining.

Steer clear from heavy lifting and straining during bowel movements. As much as possible, try to avoid constipation during this period of time.

Recovery after Haemorrhoid Removal

Following your haemorrhoid removal, you may be advised to do the following self-care measures:

  • Medications - Take your medicines as prescribed by your doctor. This may include pain relievers, antibiotics, and laxatives.
  • Activities - Get enough rest but make sure to stay active too. Walking is a great choice.
  • Diet - Your doctor may recommend a diet that lowers the risk of constipation.
  • Other steps - may include staying hydrated, taking stool softeners, soaking in a sitz bath, and applying ice packs
FAQs after Haemorrhoidectomy
Will there be any bleeding?
Bleeding is quite normal. However, the amount of blood should not be excessive.
Will I be in great pain?
Haemorrhoidectomy can be painful for the first few days after, but the pain will subside over time, especially if aftercare steps are adhered to.
Can I wash the area as normal?
It is crucial to keep the incision site clean. Simply wash the area with warm water, and gently pat dry afterwards. Do not rub.
Can I drink alcohol?
Refrain from alcohol until you have finished the course of antibiotics.
Will I have difficulty defecating?
Following the surgery, the first few bowel movements can be difficult. However, it is better to have to pass your stools regularly than to hold them out of fear and become constipated.
Will the haemorrhoids come back?
The haemorrhoids or piles may return. But there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of recurring haemorrhoids. These include keeping your stool soft, drinking lots of fluids, not sitting too long in the toilet, not straining, to name a few.
When should I call a doctor?
Seek immediate medical attention if you’re experiencing a fever or excessive bleeding.
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