Surgical Treatments

Hemorrhoidectomy

This outpatient procedure is performed under general anesthesia to remove hemorrhoids. Incisions are made in the tissue around the hemorrhoid and the swollen vein inside is tied off to prevent bleeding, then the hemorrhoid is removed. After the hemorrhoid is removed, you may have stitches that dissolve on their own and gauze packing to reduce bleeding.

You may have a lot of pain after surgery as the anus tightens and relaxes. You may be give medications to relieve the pain. You should have complete recovery in about two weeks.

Stapling

Also known as Procedure for Prolapse & Hemorrhoids (PPH), this outpatient procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and uses a circular stapling device to remove the hemorrhoid tissue and then close the wound. No incision is made. Instead, during this procedure the hemorrhoid is lifted and then stapled back into place.

In general, stapling is less painful than other hemorrhoid surgical removal techniques. However, you may be given medications to relieve any pain. You should have complete recovery in about two weeks. Even with the surgery, it’s possible the hemorrhoids may reoccur.