Haemorrhoid surgery

This procedure aims to get rid of your haemorrhoids.

Q: Why would I need the operation?

You may experience bleeding (usually on the toilet paper when you wipe after a bowel motion) or you may experience a lump in the back passage. 

Q: What scar will I have and what does the procedure involve?

Depending on the severity of the haemorrhoids, the options include rubber banding or injection of the haemorrhoids, or formally cutting out the haemorrhoids.  The first 2 procedures are suitable for smaller haemorrhoids. If your treatment involves cutting out the haemorrhoids, the scar will be around your back passage. 

Q: What anaesthetic will I have and do I have a choice?

If you only require banding or injection of the haemorrhoids, you can often have this done with light sedation.  If you require cutting out of your haemorrhoids then you will require a general anaesthetic.

Q: What are the possible complications and what are the chances that they occur?

Complications are rare, they include bleeding and incontinence. Incontinence after the operation is very uncommon, but can happen as there are muscles that control you bowel motions in the region where haemorrhoids occur.

Q: What can I expect after the operation?

You may feel some discomfort. You will be given adequate pain relief to prevent significant pain. You will also be prescribed laxatives to help you pass bowel motions easily.

Q: Should I not be doing certain things after the operation?

We recommend that you have a warm bath daily to sooth the pain as well as improve the healing. We also suggest that you do not spend an excessive amount of time sitting on the toilet, as this may cause recurrent haemorrhoids.

Q: How long should I be off work?

Usually you will require 2-3 days off work until the discomfort settles down.

Q: When will I see my surgeon for review?

Your surgeon will usually review you 4-8 weeks after the procedure.