Is having a Haemorrhoidectomy considered major surgery?
There are a few different surgical methods commonly used, each with its own benefits and risks.
The most commonly performed surgery is that of haemorrhoidectomy where the piles are surgically removed.
Alternatives to this include PPH (Procedure for Prolapsing Haemorrhoids, also known as stapling) and haemorrhoidal artery ligation (sometimes called THD or HALO).
What is involved with a Haemorrhoidectomy?
A haemorrhoidectomy is carried out under a general (or spinal) anaesthetic. The operation involves opening the anus so that the haemorrhoids can be cut out. The operation is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, and you will need to take at least a week or two off work to recover. There are variations on the actual technique used in terms of the cutting instruments employed for haemorrhoid surgery, and afterwards in either closing the resultant wounds using stitches or leaving the wounds open to heal naturally.
After the operation, patients will experience variable amounts of pain during the initial haemorrhoid surgery recovery period, but your medical team should supply you with strong pain killers to help this. After the haemorrhoid surgery, you may be in some level of discomfort for a few weeks, but this residual pain can usually be controlled with milder over the counter pain killers.
What are the risks of any haemorrhoid surgery?
The risk of any serious problems is small, but complications are not unheard of. These can include:
Bleeding or passing of blood clots after the operation leading to either delayed discharge or readmission following discharge, depending on the timing of the bleed
Unsatisfactory pain control
Post-operative nausea and vomiting
Infections that can lead to an abscess – usually treated with antibiotics or, in some cases, further surgery.
Difficulty in emptying your bladder (urinary retention)
Involuntary passing of gas or stools (gas or faecal incontinence)
A small anal fistula – a channel that develops between the anal canal and the skin near the anus.
There are other risks as well, including strictures, the need for a colostomy, etc. (some particular ones associated with stapling are mentioned below.)
All of the above are treatable but we’d advise talking to your surgeon who will be able to explain the risks in more detail.
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