Have you gone through hemorrhoid surgery?
Congratulations! The hard part is over. Now all you have to do is take care of little things. SMILES provide some post-operative instructions to be followed for a fast recovery.
Hemorrhoid Surgery and Recovery
Hemorrhoids, also known as Piles are swollen blood vessels inside or around your anus and rectum that cause pain and discomfort. Small hemorrhoids may clear up within a few days without any treatment. But, large or external hemorrhoids can take longer to heal and may require hemorrhoid surgery to remove the offending hemorrhoids.
However, there are different surgical procedures available for treating hemorrhoids including Hemorrhoidectomy and Laser surgery. This process involves the assistance of a hemorrhoid surgeon, usually to physically remove the piles or hemorrhoids.
As explained by the proctologists, severe complications after hemorrhoid surgery are rare. But, there may be some that include pain, bleeding, urinary retention, and fecal incontinence, etc. Also, there may be some people who struggle with piles occurring again and again after surgery.
Dr. Pamareshwara C M, the best piles treatment doctor in Karnataka suggests that it is important to take post-operative care to prevent infections and recurrent piles.
Things you must take care of after hemorrhoid surgery
Here is a list of things outlined by SMILES that you should consider after piles operation.
- ● Don’t consume anything for 4 hours after the operation. Later, start with liquids and eat a bland diet (plain rice, bananas, applesauce, etc). After a few days of surgery, you can return to regular foods and gradually increase the amount of fiber in your diet.
- ● After the hemorrhoid surgery, you may experience minimal bleeding, pain and burning sensation for 2-3 weeks. Don’t worry, these are all part of your healing.
- ● You can ignore a false sensation of defecation or heaviness which can be up to 4-6 weeks. Practice Kegel exercises ( contraction and relaxation of anal opening) for 3-4 times a day to reduce that false sensation of defecation.
- ● Take at least 2 glasses of water and a small walk to feel the urge and pass soft stools in the morning.
- ● Due to spinal anesthesia during hemorrhoid surgery, you may feel difficulty in passing urine, but it goes in a few hours. Mild pain can also be experienced post-surgery which can be cured by painkillers.
- ● You may feel difficulty in moving your limbs for a few hours after surgery but later when the effect of anesthesia wears off, you will be able to move them freely.
- ● To keep the anal area clean, take sitz baths (sit in warm water for 15-20 minutes) at least 3-4 times a day and after each bowel movement.
- ● Do not take Aspirin products or NSAIDS unless prescribed. To avoid constipation, take Benefiber or take stool softeners such as Colace or Surfak twice a day as well.
- ● Avoid strenuous activities that include running, jogging, basketball, and cycling on hills, etc for 1-2 weeks after the surgery.
- ● Be sure you have someone to drive you home after hemorrhoid surgery. Spine anesthesia and pain medications make it unsafe for you to drive.
A few other things that need to be taken care of:
Take care of these things and leave the rest on us -says Dr. Parameshwara C M, the best piles doctor at SMILES, the world’s first integrated super-specialty colorectal hospital.
- ● Avoid straining for a longer time during your bowel movements
Avoid the use of dry toilet tissue. Instead, use wet cotton to clean yourself.
- ● Eat a regular diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- ● Stop eating foods that cause constipation, such as cheese
Apply medicines to numb the area before and after bowel movements to help reduce pain or discomfort caused by surgery
- ● Follow the instructions by the doctor about wound care, follow-up care, and getting back to your normal routine.
Still suffering from heavy bleeding, intolerable pain, and any other severe problem? Contact SMILES immediately.