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Hemorrhoid removal - discharge

You just had a procedure to remove your hemorrhoid. Depending on your symptoms, you may have had one of these types of procedures:

  • Placing a small rubber band around the hemorrhoids to shrink them by blocking blood flow
  • Stapling the hemorrhoids to block blood flow
  • Surgically removing the hemorrhoids
  • Laser or chemical removal of the hemorrhoids

After your recovery from the anesthesia, you will return home the same day.

What to Expect at Home

  • You may have a lot of pain after surgery as the area tightens and relaxes. Take the pain medicines on time as instructed. DO NOT wait until the pain gets bad to take them.
  • You may notice some bleeding, especially after your first bowel movement.
  • Your doctor may also recommend eating a bland diet the first few days after surgery. Foods you can eat include applesauce, Jell-O, white rice, bananas, white bread, and saltines.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, such as broth, juices, tea, and water.
  • Your doctor may suggest using a stool softener so that it is easier to have bowel movements.

Wound Care

  • Your doctor will explain how to care for your wound.
  • You may want to use a gauze pad or sanitary pad to absorb any drainage from the wound. Be sure to change it often.
  • You may need to wait a day before you shower or bathe.

Activity

  • Gradually return to your normal activities.
  • Avoid lifting, pulling, or strenuous activity until your bottom has healed. This includes straining during bowel movements or urination.
  • Gradually start to eat more fiber to ease bowel movements. Also, drink lots of fluids.
  • You should have a complete recovery in a few weeks.

Pain Management

  • Take pain medicines as prescribed.
  • You may apply an ice pack to your bottom to help reduce swelling and pain.
  • Your health care provider may show you how to do a sitz bath. Soaking in a warm bath can also help relieve pain. Sit in 3 to 4 inches of warm water a few times a day.

When to Call the Doctor

Call your health care provider if:

  • You have a lot of pain or swelling
  • You bleed a lot from your rectum
  • You have a fever
  • You cannot pass urine several hours after the surgery
  • The incision is red and hot to the touch

Alternative Names

Hemorrhoidectomy - discharge; Hemorrhoid - discharge

References

Chaudhry V, Abcarian H. Hemorrhoids. In: Cameron JL, Cameron AM, eds. Current Surgical Therapy. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: 2014; 255-261.

Hall JF. Hemorrhoids and hemorrhoidectomy. In: Delaney CP, ed. Netter's Surgical Anatomy and Approaches. Philadelphia, PA; 2014:chap 26.

Update Date 4/13/2015

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