Haemorrhoid removal

What are haemorrhoids?

Haemorrhoids, also known as piles, are soft fleshy lumps just inside your back passage (anus). They bleed easily when you have a bowel movement. They do not usually cause pain but can cause itching. When large, they can pass through your anus (prolapsed pile), feeling like a lump when you clean yourself (see figure 1). Haemorrhoids develop gradually, often over a long period of time. They are associated with constipation, often run in families and can be made worse by pregnancy.

What are the benefits of surgery?

Surgery will remove the haemorrhoids. You should no longer have any of the symptoms that haemorrhoids can cause.

Are there any alternatives to surgery?

Haemorrhoids can often be treated by simple measures, such as drinking more fluid and increasing the amount of fibre in your diet.

If these simple measures are unsuccessful, the haemorrhoids can usually be treated in a clinic. Local treatments include ‘banding’ or ‘injecting’ the haemorrhoids.

Haemorrhoid removal diagram

What does the operation involve?

The operation is usually performed under a general anaesthetic and takes about 20 minutes. Your surgeon will usually remove the haemorrhoids by cutting them away or using a staple gun.

What complications can happen?

General complications

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Blood clots

Specific complications

  • Incomplete haemorrhoidectomy
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Making a hole through the wall of you bowel
  • Anal stenosis
  • Developing skin tags
  • Developing an anal fissure
  • Incontinence

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day, especially if your haemorrhoids were treated using a staple gun.

Drink plenty of fluid and increase the amount of fibre in your diet to avoid constipation.

The wounds often take several weeks to heal completely. There are no open wounds with the stapled technique.

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

You should make a full recovery and the symptoms should clear completely. However, haemorrhoids can come back.

Summary

Haemorrhoids are a common problem. If non-surgical treatments fail, surgery is usually recommended.

Self-pay guide price

From £2,510

 

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Haemorrhoid removal is performed at The Foscote Hospital by

  • Mr Oliver Jones

    Mr Oliver Jones

    Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon

    BM BCh MA DM FRCS

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  • Mr Chris Lewis

    Mr Chris Lewis

    Consultant General Surgeon

    MB ChB MD FRCS

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  • Bob Marshall general surgery

    Mr Bob Marshall

    Consultant General Surgeon

    MBBS MS FRCS

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Acknowledgements

Author: Mr Jonathan Lund DM FRCS (Gen. Surg.)

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