Only a very small percentage of people who have hemorrhoids will end up requiring hemroid surgery. Usually you will be able to get hemorrhoid relief with dietary changes like improving your diet and hemorrhoid creams that reduce inflammation and provide relief from pain and itching. Only in the case of severely inflamed or painful hemorrhoids will your doctor recommend surgery as your only option. The thought of hemorrhoid surgery can be frightening for a lot of people, but many advances have been made recently in the surgical treatment of hemorrhoids. Although any surgery comes with risks, hemroid surgeries are performed everyday and the risks are minimal.
The Hemorrhoidectomy is the original hemorrhoid surgery which involved cutting off the hemorrhoid with a scalpel. This surgery is still done today, but because tissue is cut with a scalpel, it is painful, healing is slow, and there is a potential for long term incontinence. Many newer procedures have gained favor over the hemorrhoidectomy, resulting in less pain, fast recoveries, and fewer long term risks. These newer surgical solutions all involve cutting off the blood supply to the hemorrhoid which allows it to dry up, cutting off the blood supply can be done with lasers, stitches, or rubber bands.
Here are some important questions you should ask the doctor performing your procedure:
What type of procedure will the doctor be performing?
Why is this doctor recommending this procedure rather than one of the others?
Is it possible to avoid having the hemorrhoid surgery?
How many times has the doctor performed this procedure?
How long will the procedure take?
Where will it be performed?
What are possible complications?
How long will it take to heal?
Will the hemorrhoids reoccur?
Will it be done as an inpatient or outpatient basis?
Will you have problems using the bathroom after the surgery?
Do you need to change your diet after the surgery?