Before considering surgery, it is important to be aware that all surgical procedures carry a certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand the risks involved with Haemorrhoidectomy.
Q. Is haemorrhoidectomy a major surgery?
Yes, haemorrhoidectomy is generally considered a major surgery. It’s a surgical procedure that involves the removal of haemorrhoids, which are swollen veins in the rectum or anus. Haemorrhoidectomy is usually performed under general anaesthesia and typically requires a hospital stay of at least one day.
Q. What is the recovery time for a haemorrhoidectomy?
The time it takes for a patient to heal after a haemorrhoidectomy can vary depending on a number of factors, including the extent of the surgery, your overall health and adherence to post-operative care instructions. In general, it can take anywhere from two to six weeks for a patient to fully recover from a haemorrhoidectomy.
It is recommended that you avoid any weight lifting or strenuous activity for several weeks while the surgical site heals. Follow-up appointments with your surgeon consultant will allow them to assess your condition and progress of recovery. If you experience any complications, you should contact your doctor immediately.
Q. What are the risks associated with a haemorrhoidectomy?
While a haemorrhoidectomy is generally considered a safe and effective procedure, there are some potential complications that you should be aware of. These include pain and discomfort, bleeding, infection, difficulty passing stool and incontinence. If you experience any of these problems or other symptoms after a haemorrhoidectomy, it’s important to contact your doctor right away. They can assess your symptoms and provide appropriate treatment to help manage any complications.
Q. Can I drive after a haemorrhoidectomy?
It’s generally recommended that patients avoid driving for at least 1-2 weeks after a haemorrhoidectomy. This is because the surgical area may be painful and uncomfortable, which can make it difficult to sit for extended periods of time.
Before driving again, patients should make sure they are able to sit comfortably for an extended period of time without pain or discomfort, and free of any medication that may impair their ability to drive safely.