Risks and Recovery
As with all surgical procedures, there are possible risks that patients should be aware of. These include:
- Stool leakage
- Pain that makes passing urine difficult
For most patients, the recovery period is approximately two weeks. Most patients will not have to stay overnight and can go home shortly after the procedure. However, they should have a ride since driving might not be safe. The doctor may prescribe medications, and these should be taken exactly as directed to promote comfort during recovery.
Sitz baths are commonly recommended for patients during the recovery period. They help to increase blood flow and cleanse the area where the removed hemorrhoid was located. This type of bath involves warm shallow water. Patients are generally advised to sit in it for about 15 minutes.
Patients should avoid prolonged sitting and follow their doctor’s instructions about when to resume normal activity. Drinking plenty of water and working to alleviate constipation by getting more fiber is also important.