Common Conditions Treated

Haemorrhoidectomy

What is a Haemorrhoidectomy?

Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are soft fleshy lumps just inside the back passage (anus). Haemorrhoidectomy is the surgical removal of the haemorrhoids.

What does the treatment involve?

A haemorrhoidectomy is usually performed under a general anaesthetic and takes about twenty minutes. Your surgeon will remove your haemorrhoids by either cutting them away. They will make sure that the blood vessels that supplied the haemorrhoids have stopped bleeding.

What to expect for your Surgical Admission

On the day of your surgery, you will be asked to change into a gown. You need to bring in your own dressing gown, cotton underpants and slippers. Please remove all make-up, nail varnish and jewellery (wedding rings are permitted.) Leave valuables at home.

Your admission paperwork will be completed. The doctor will explain your procedure, then ensuring you fully understand the procedure you are about to undergo, he/she will ask you to sign a consent form, giving the doctor/ surgeon permission to perform the procedure.

An anesthetist may see you prior to your surgery. Following a general anaesthetic you may feel tired and this may affect your concentration. This is considered normal and may continue for a day or so.

Discharge time will vary, it depends on the individual and fulfilment of certain criteria to ensure this is done safely.

What are the risks of treatment?

The risk of complications is very low, however, reported complications include:

  • Anal stricture (narrowing of the anal canal)
  • Difficulty urinating or urinary retention
  • Fecal impaction (hard stool that is trapped in the anal canal)
  • Fecal incontinence (leaking a small amount of stool)
  • Pain with bowel movements
  • Recurrence of hemorrhoids

Discharge planning and where to get advice

You may be discharged home with a dressing in place known as a pack. This will either dissolve or fall out when you have a bath or when you have your bowels open.

A supply of laxatives and antibiotic's and analgesia may be given to you on discharge, take as instructed.

Please have a supply of simple pain killer at home such as Paracetamol and ibuprofen.

A sick note can be issued on request.

You will not be able to drive for 24 hours and then .only if you can safely control your vehicle. (Ultimate responsibility for re-commencing driving lies with you the patient - if in any doubt please consult your G.P/M.O.) You must not operate machinery or make any 'important' legal decisions and must not look after any dependents, drink alcohol or take sleeping tablets.