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Hemorrhoid Surgery

What Is Hemorrhoid Surgery?


Most hemorrhoid conditions are mild enough to be treated by other hemorrhoid remedies instead of electing for surgery. Invasive surgery is generally considered for the most severe hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoid surgery may be necessary when other treatments have failed or simply do not absolve the condition. Surgery is also an option when symptoms become so bothersome that it is no longer manageable by any treatment of medication. Surgery is probably necessary if the condition affects your lifestyle dramatically enough to warrant the surgical procedure. Of course, any medical emergency, such as excessive bleeding or blood accompanied by pus at the anus will call for hemorrhoid surgery.

External hemorrhoids

surgery2 Hemorrhoid SurgeryExternal hemorrhoids generally do not require surgery (referred to as hemorrhoidectomy). An exception is if and when they large enough or so uncomfortable that they must be physically removed. If you are having surgery around the anal area anyway, then your doctor may physically remove the external hemroids since the hemorrhoid surgery is being performed.

Internal hemorrhoids

Internal hemorrhoids can be very painful when they become prolapsed. Surgical removal of internal hemorrhoids is a last resort for treating the condition. Removing hemorrhoid entirely by means of surgery is called a hemorrhoidectomy. It completely absolves the individual from hemroids, but not without a full recovery period that can take weeks to complete.

Despite the long recovery time, hemorrhoid surgery is still considered one of the most successful ways to treat large internal hemroids that do not respond to other treatments. Hemorrhoid surgery is especially necessary for those individuals who do not respond to fixative procedures such as rubber band ligation and other physical barrier methods.

Considering Surgery

A hemorrhoidectomy is the main surgical option and used primarily for large internal hemorrhoids.

There are other instances when you’ll need hemorrhoid surgery. If increased pressure on external hemroids causes them to break and bleed, you may need surgery. This breakage will cause a lump to form, and this condition is called a thrombosed hemorrhoid. This condition will be extremely painful and may require surgery depending on whether or not other hemorrhoid cures can aid the condition.

If you indeed need to have surgery to remove the thrombosed hemorrhoid, this can be performed in your doctor’s office or even an outpatient clinic. Your doctor will most likely apply local anesthesia to the area, and then make a small incision, removing the clotted blood and reducing pressure and pain almost immediately. You’ll need to remember this procedure will work best if it is done almost immediately after you see and feel the lump—approximately 4 or 5 days after the clot has formed is ideal.

Remember, if the pain is tolerable, you may consider waiting to see your doctor for hemorrhoid surgery. The pain resulting from the thrombosed hemorrhoid usually goes away within a few days. The pain resulting from cutting and draining the hemorrhoid will be generally worse than the pain from the clot itself.