Hubby has had hemorrhoids for years and finally wants to have them taken care of. What are the latest techniques on having them removed? Do they even have laser surgery for this? Or is it like a regular surgical procedure? What can he expect? Recovery time? Any help is much appreciated!!
I have had this surgery, in 2005, at a reputable clinic by an experienced doctor. I was a (relatively) healthy 36 year old at the time. I had multiple internal hemorrhoids removed. I hate to say this, but the recovery was very painful. It burned like hell constantly, movement was difficult, I was out of work for 2 weeks, and I had to use sitz baths alot. I lived alone, which was probably a good thing actually, as I did not want to be around other people. After about 2 weeks, it started to get better, and ultimately I am glad I did it as it did relieve the problem for a long while. However, the internal hemorrhoids came back.
I would suggest not doing this surgery unless you are going to make a commitment to lifestyle changes that will not bring the hemorrhoids back. I wish I would have thought of this, but I felt so good afterwards that I didn't feel the need to be careful. It really was a bummer when I felt the first new one come back.
I would also caution against using pain pills as much as possible after the surgery. They will be absolutely necessary at first, but taking them beyond a few days will seriously hamper the healing, as the narcotic will constipate you. I was addicted to pain pills at the time, and I took them for 2 weeks or more before I finally decided I needed to stop so I could finally heal. You would think I would stop because being addicted to pills was bad, but no, I stopped because I was so sick of the pain and discomfort, and just wanted to get back to work and be able to go to the bathroom without alot of pain. A normal person who only takes the prescribed amount of pain pills for a few days would probably heal a few days faster.
However, even for a week, it is no joke. Your life as you know it is over during the healing, as you lie on your side in relatively steady pain unlike any you have experienced before. Your butt is on fire, literally, as it has been burned by a "laser". Think about this. And going to the bathroom is the worst.
Sorry to be so disconcerting here, but I just want your husband to realize it is really unpleasant. I thought it would not be too bad, so my shock was real bad. I wish someone would have told me what the recovery is really like. The doctors that do this for a living do not want to scare business away, so they kind of downplay the reality. But again, worth it in the long run if he makes changes to his lifestyle, whatever they may be, to avoid getting hemorrhoids again.
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