what are complications and risks of hemorrhoid surgery?
Pain is the most common complaint, especially when you're pooping. And other complications including:
Anal fistula or fissure
Excessive discharge of fluid from the rectum
Fever of 101°F or higher
Inability to urinate or have a bowel movement
Severe pain, especially when having a bowel movement
Severe redness and/or swelling in the rectal area
Side effects of anesthesia (e.g., spinal headache)
10 common questions about hemorrhoidectomy complications
1Is a hemorrhoidectomy major surgery?
A hemorrhoidectomy is surgery to remove internal or external hemorrhoids that are extensive or severe. Surgical hemorrhoidectomy is the most effective treatment for hemorrhoids, though it is associated with the greatest rate of complications
2How long does it take to recover from a hemorrhoidectomy?
Recovery most often takes about 2 weeks, but it can take as long as 3 to 6 weeks to feel like you're back to normal
3How much bleeding is normal after hemorrhoidectomy?
It is common to have some light bleeding and clear or yellow fluids from your anus. This is most likely when you have a bowel movement. These symptoms may last for 1 to 2 months after surgery. After 1 to 2 weeks, you should be able to do most of your normal activities
4Is swelling normal after hemorrhoidectomy?
It is normal to have significant pain and a feeling of swelling after hemorrhoid removal surgery
5How do you poop after a hemorrhoidectomy?
CONSTIPATION IS TO BE EXPECTED WHILE ON NARCOTIC PAIN MEDICATIONS. MOST PATIENTS DO NOT HAVE THEIR FIRST BOWEL MOVEMENT UNTIL AT LEAST 3 DAYS AFTER SURGERY. THIS IS OFTEN PAINFUL. WHILE UTILIZING NARCOTICS, YOU SHOULD REMAIN ON AN OVER THE COUNTER STOOL SOFTENER SUCH AS COLACE OR DOCUSATE (ONE TABLET TWICE DAILY).
6Can I walk after hemorrhoid surgery?
Talk to your surgeon about your bowel prep. Your recovery will vary depending on the type of hemorrhoid surgery you have. You may resume activity gradually beginning shortly after surgery. You should begin walking the night of surgery or the following morning and continue to increase as you are able.
7What can I expect after hemorrhoidectomy?
Care after surgery
You can expect some pain after surgery. ... Some bleeding is normal, especially with the first bowel movement after surgery. For a few days after surgery, drink liquids and eat a bland diet (plain rice, bananas, dry toast or crackers, applesauce).
8What helps pain after hemorrhoid surgery?
Then you can return to regular foods and gradually increase the amount of fiber in your diet. You may apply numbing medicines before and after bowel movements to relieve pain. Ice packs applied to the anal area may reduce swelling and pain. Frequent soaks in warm water (sitz baths) help relieve pain and muscle spasms
9Can hemorrhoids return after hemorrhoidectomy?
Hemorrhoids can recur after they have been successfully treated—even after surgical removal, so hemorrhoid treatment also involves prevention strategies. Self-care treatment techniques include adding more fiber to the diet and exercising daily to help prevent constipation and straining during bowel movements
10How long does the swelling last after a hemorrhoidectomy?
It's normal to have pain for 2-4 weeks after your surgery. The pain should slowly get better over time. This medicine helps lessen your swelling