Hemorrhoid removal - discharge
Hemorrhoidectomy - discharge; Hemorrhoid - discharge
When you were in the hospital
You were in the hospital for hemorrhoidectomy, also called hemorrhoid surgery. Depending on your symptoms, you may have had one of these types of surgery:
- 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
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. Don't wait to take any pain medication your doctor prescribes.
- 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.
- Also 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's easier to have bowel movements.
- Your doctor will explain when it's OK to remove your dressing and how to care for your wound.
- You may want to wear a gauze pad or sanitary pad to absorb any drainage from the wound. Just be sure to change it often.
- You may need to wait a day before you shower or bathe.
- Rest for the first 24 hours, and then 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. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day.
- You should have a complete recovery in about 2 weeks.
- Take pain medication as prescribed.
- Try applying an ice pack to your bottom to help reduce swelling and pain.
- Your doctor or nurse 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 doctor if:
- You have a lot of pain or swelling
- You bleed a lot from your rectum
- You have a fever
- You can't pass urine several hours after the surgery
- The incision is red and hot to the touch
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Zainea GG, Pfenninger JL. Office treatment of hemorrhoids. In: Pfenninger and Fowler's Procedures for Primary Care. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2010:chap 106.
John A. Daller, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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