In most cases, hemorrhoid is easy to treat using simple home remedies. However, in other cases, when the hemorrhoids are large, painful and bleeding, surgery is the best option. The hemorrhoid surgery recovery period varies from about one week to two weeks, depending on various aspects, including the severity of the hemorrhoids, the number of hemorrhoid removed as well as the type of treatment administered. During this recovery period, a certain level of discomfort and pain is expected but relief will come on the 3rd or 4th day. The uncomforting feeling will eases and vanish as the days go by.

Recover from Hemorrhoid Surgery

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What to Expect After the Surgery

  • After this surgery, you are expected to remain in the recovery room before you are generally alert, breathing effectively and all your vital signs are stable.

  • If a tub was placed in your wind pipe, you may experience a temporary sore throat. However, you should not hesitate to inform your care team if you find it uncomfortable.

  • In most cases, patients go home the same day after the surgery. However, the patient must be able to urinate before he or she can be allowed to go home. Urinary retention is one of the commonest complications of this surgery, which may make the patient remain in the hospital for some days. 

  • The hemorrhoid surgery recovery process after this operation is gradual and takes between two and four weeks. Some of the factors that affect the rate of healing include: general health of the patient, the type of anesthesia used in the operation and age of the patient.

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Make Lifestyle Changes

  • After this surgery, the patient should have a bed rest for a week or two. During this time, the surgical wounds are more likely to reopening.

  • If you are overweight, it is advisable to consider losing weight after this surgery. This should be done in a healthy manner to reduce stress to the rectum area when the patient sits down, which may lead to a recurrence of hemorrhoids in the long run.

  • After the first few weeks, the patient should undertake small but continuous exercises. For instance, the patient can take several 10-minute walks in a day.

  • Reduce excessive stress after this surgery to prevent hemorrhoids relapse.

3

Maintain Healthy Diet

Patient should develop a high-fiber diet and drink sufficient fluid, which will accelerate the recovery process. Additionally, this also prevents the recurrence of these hemorrhoids. In order to get better results, it should be practiced a few weeks prior to and after the surgery.

It is also advisable for the patient to increase the intake of vegetables and fruits. All these will ease the bowel movement and also reduce the pain one may experience when passing stool after the surgery. If natural fibers are introduced into the diet, the patient will not need stool softeners or laxatives.

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Alleviate Itching

During hemorrhoid surgery recovery process, you may experience itching which may continue throughout the recovery period. This is a symptom of external hemorrhoids. To reduce this kind of itching, it is advisable to take a sitz bath. Depending on the location and severity of this itching, a physician can prescribe a topical medication for the hemorrhoid patient to ease this itching.

5

Use Painkiller

The pain after this surgery worsens during bowel movements. However, these movements are essential for recovery. So pain killers should be prescribed after hemorrhoid surgery. Many patents tend to use painkillers throughout their recovery period but different hemorrhoids surgeries vary. You should follow the prescriptions by the physician strictly for quick recovery.

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Try Other Home Remedies

In addition to the above mentioned remedies, there are certain home remedies that may be used during this recovery period to ease the pain and quicken recovery.

  • To begin with, it is very important to keep the surgery wound very clean. This will prevent possible infection to the wound.

  • Gels, creams and ice packs may be used to minimize irritation and swelling to the wound.

  • After bowel movements, the patient may take a hot bath to ease the pain.

When to Call a Doctor

During hemorrhoid surgery recovery, it is important for the patient to maintain regular follow-up appointments with the doctor. Even before such appointments, the patient can call the doctor regarding any concerns or questions. However, if you develop any of the following conditions after the treatment, you should seek medical attention immediately:

  • If you experience breathing problems, including labored breathing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and wheezing when breathing;

  • Heavy bleeding after bowel movement;

  • A low-grade fever under 101 degrees Fahrenheit is normal in the initial days. However, you should call the doctor if the fever advances;

  • Variations in alertness, for instance unresponsiveness, confusion, dizziness and passing out;

  • Having difficulty in bowel movement or urination;

  • Pain that cannot be reduced by pain medication;

  • Unexpected pus or drainage emanating from the rectum region;

  • Swelling and redness in the calf or leg pain which may be indicators of a blood clot.

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  • ApellaNov.22 07:29
    Day 4 of surgery, and I feel that the thought of even using the toilet makes me insane. I am leterally shaking and screaming with pain during my BM and have been in constant painkillers ever since my surgery. Have been told by my doctor that too many of them could harm me drastically so keep taking panadol pain relievers in between. Have to join back work in a weeks time but can't even imagine how I may sit for longer times as I'm still sore and mostly lying down. Just pray for this ordeal to end, never in my wildest of dreams imagined the extent of pain a human body could experience until I had this surgery.
  • Yousuf khan Nov.19 19:29
    Hai, I had laser treatment for external hemorrhoids. 7 hrs after operation I went home by Bus. Pain is intolerable. They given diclofinac tab and just in tabs for my ass. It has given relief. Even using pain killers after Bm I had severe pain, but after pouring plenty of warm water it will became tolerable and sometimes not. Diclofinac ass tabs are good for pain relief. I am hoping my job will remain before it cures.
  • Brightfuture Nov.18 04:40
    I had my 2 inner 3 outers for 18 years got bad in the 18th year. Had surgery on Monday today is Thursday. Hell yes recovery hurts but I know the pain will eventually go away haven't had a BM yet legs are cramping feeling gassed up the painkiller is a joke. But I am looking for the future and me not feeling the burning of the hemmies are enough to make me bare these pains but the pain is in a sensitive area any movement affects the area. But I am glad I had it done. Spitz bath are ok a lot of discomfort but I'm looking forward to my brighter days.
  • HwNov.15 23:19
    I just had an external hm removed by laser yesterday and I will say I'm glad I have not had the experience of other folks on here. So here I am to give some hope...as long as I take my pain med I have little to no pain. I'm not sitting..more laying around on my side but I plan to work tomorrow. Had my first bm today and wasn't too bad. It burns a bit now after my shower but it's pretty tolerable. Eat lots of watermelon and good luck all
  • vrrNov.4 08:48
    Im 6 days post surgery. If I had read all the blogs beforehand i think I may have reconsidered! I had one internal/external removed and 2 internal ligated. I don't think my hemorrhoids were as bad as some on here but they were very painful/bloody at times. Recovery is slow, I'm surprised this is classed as minor surgery, my original consultant suggested I would only need a week off work, the thought that that would be tomorrow is ridiculous. Days 1 to 3 were awful, I had paracetamol ibuprofen dihydracodeine metronidazole latulose fibergel and some pads given to me. I took codeine to sleep for the first few nights but was conscious of its constipation effect so was reluctant and stopped asap. I've managed with 4 hourly para and brufen. I was able to pass urine all be it stop start at first, straight after being allowed out of bed. There was some swelling around the area so a little painful but bearable.Had my 1st bowel movement the morning after surgery, the pain was extreme, I only passed approx an inch of stool. 2nd day was the same, almost as if your brain stops the process because of the pain. By day 3 I was desperate to have a proper bm, extreme wind and stomach cramps making me dizzy nauseous and causing vomiting after eating. after trawling through blogs I found some people had used numbing cream. I bought some 5% EMLA and used it straight away, left on for 10 mins it numbed the anus enough to fool my body into thinking there would be no pain resulting in an enormous amount of fecal matter being passed and much relief. The burning internal pain was excruciating afterwards but soaking in hot water straight away sooths this after 30 mins or so back to bearable pain. The pain is easier each day, I'm drinking 3 ltrs of fluid plus prune juice daily and eating plenty of fibre, continuing with 2 20ml doses of lactulose to keep the stools soft, I am having 1 full bm each morning for which I make sure I've had brufen and para and emla, I have not cried/moaned or been left shaking and sick after bm since day 4. My anus is gradually changing, bruising fading and swelling reduced. I am no longer continually lightly bleeding, just a small amount of mucus. On the evening of day 5 my discomfort changed from constant pain to short but often stabbing nerve pain and itching. This means its healing. This is by far the most painful thing I have ever experienced, I would not recommend this surgery lightly but if you need it do it. Im glad I didn't know what to expect but also Dissapointed that the hospital were not more detailed with a recovery plan. My tips, drink lots, eat plenty of fibre, drink peppermint tea...lots of it for the stomach. stock up on painkillers, buy emla cream and epsom salts (I have been soaking my bottom in a bowl of hot mild epsom solution 3x daily) . Keep the area dry and clean. I have dispensed with pads and underwear as much as possible, letting as much air in as I can. I now feel there may be light at the end of the tunnel.
  • VRRNov.2 23:54
    Im 6 days post surgery. If I had read all the blogs beforehand i think I may have reconsidered! I had one internal/external removed and 2 internal ligated. I don't think my hemorrhoids were as bad as some on here but they were very painful/bloody at times. Recovery is slow, I'm surprised this is classed as minor surgery, my original consultant suggested I would only need a week off work, the thought that that would be tomorrow is ridiculous. Days 1 to 3 were awful, I had paracetamol ibuprofen dihydracodeine metronidazole latulose fibergel and some pads given to me. I took codeine to sleep for the first few nights but was conscious of its constipation effect so was reluctant and stopped asap. I've managed with 4 hourly para and brufen. I was able to pass urine all be it stop start at first, straight after being allowed out of bed. There was some swelling around the area so a little painful but bearable.Had my 1st bowel movement the morning after surgery, the pain was extreme, I only passed approx an inch of stool. 2nd day was the same, almost as if your brain stops the process because of the pain. By day 3 I was desperate to have a proper bm, extreme wind and stomach cramps making me dizzy nauseous and causing vomiting after eating. after trawling through blogs I found some people had used numbing cream. I bought some 5% EMLA and used it straight away, left on for 10 mins it numbed the anus enough to fool my body into thinking there would be no pain resulting in an enormous amount of fecal matter being passed and much relief. The burning internal pain was excruciating afterwards but soaking in hot water straight away sooths this after 30 mins or so back to bearable pain. The pain is easier each day, I'm drinking 3 ltrs of fluid plus prune juice daily and eating plenty of fibre, continuing with 2 20ml doses of lactulose to keep the stools soft, I am having 1 full bm each morning for which I make sure I've had brufen and para and emla, I have not cried/moaned or been left shaking and sick after bm since day 4. My anus is gradually changing, bruising fading and swelling reduced. I am no longer continually lightly bleeding, just a small amount of mucus. On the evening of day 5 my discomfort changed from constant pain to short but often stabbing nerve pain and itching. This means its healing. This is by far the most painful thing I have ever experienced, I would not recommend this surgery lightly but if you need it do it. Im glad I didn't know what to expect but also Dissapointed that the hospital were not more detailed with a recovery plan. My tips, drink lots, eat plenty of fibre, drink peppermint tea...lots of it for the stomach. stock up on painkillers, buy emla cream and epsom salts (I have been soaking my bottom in a bowl of hot mild epsom solution 3x daily) . Keep the area dry and clean. I have dispensed with pads and underwear as much as possible, letting as much air in as I can. I now feel there may be light at the end of the tunnel.
  • MarkOct.31 22:55
    Hey. Currently on day 6 of recovery. The pain is constant and niggly, can really feel it. It's more of an annoyance than anything else. Haven't had any issues with BM as yet, but notice a weakness in the muscles when urinating. Hoping this is gonna be a self fix in time. Still pretty bruised and swollen in the area, and there is still discharge. Hoping all is on track for a full quick recovery. I am looking forward to life without the hemeroids and without the pain.
  • PainInMy..Oct.5 05:35
    Is there any quality of life after haemorrhoids??!! I had an external fissure & 3 internal haemorroids removed end of June. It's now October & I'm still in pain!! First 7weeks was complete agony & i ate as minimal as possible so I don't need to go to the toilet but had lots of fluids. I went back under as surgeon thought i may need draining of an abscess. My BM til this day are still quite painful. Ive done it all.. Sits baths, ice sticks, creams for pains. Digesics, nurofens to help with pains. I've never had so many drugs!! Is there anything, anyone else can suggest to heal this pain in my ass faster?! Thanks in advance ??????
  • williamOct.5 03:12
    Day 5. Had external hemorrhoids removed. Doing well and reducing the painkillers. Hot baths have been the greatest help.
  • BarbaraSep.25 06:35
    I knew that I have internal and there times that i would bleed every other month. However I learned my trigger foods that were making my hemorrhoids worse such us raw nuts, excess of processed sugar in my diet or cider. Once i cut them out from my diet I stopped bleeding and i was pain free during BM. However, as i was left with skin tag i still decided to remove it. I had my operation on 26th of August and i was physically feeling great after and surgeon also told me that apart from removing skin tag he has also removed internal hemorrhoid - great! I was given two types painkillers (ibuprofen and dihydrocodeine), antibiotics (metronidazole) and movicol liquid to drink twice a day. When i got home i was quite afraid to drink movicol at that stage as i didn't want to go tho the bathroom just yet. That was the biggest mistake. Once you leave hospital you need to start drinking as anesthesia makes feces hard. I had first BM around 4am the following morning and i was in extreme pain. I took hot shower to sooth the area and went for the strong painkillers. 1st week - I kept having painful BM twice a day that week but the shower and painkillers kept the pain in bay. During the first week somehow i managed to catch flu. 2nd week - I noticed that the incisions came apart, were sore and still i was getting a bit of blood in my discharge. I went to my GP same day. After examination he said, which was quite alarming, he didn't know what the surgeon has done. There were no stitches and instead of removing the skin tag the surgeon removed just half of it and managed to create another one! The GP sent me back home with another dose of antibiotics. Also I stopped taking painkillers at the beginning of that week. 3rd week - I, at last, felt like i started to heal! The discharge almost stopped, the BM were just a bit uncomfortable and the pain would disappear just after BM, i had more energy and gone back to work. 4th week - I had some blood during BM and the pain came back to the point where i had to take strong painkillers to control it. I thought i would be just one day but i was feeling pain the following day as well. I called my GP and i went to see him same morning.He again said that he wasn't sure what the surgeon has done, there was still discharge, the external skin tags were swollen as well as internal wall where the incision were. As i have hospital appointment in to weeks time my GP said that the appointment cannot be moved and he can't send me to hospital as this is not an emergency. I was sent away with two creams. One, which is Bactroban - an antibiotic, has been quite helpful and i need to apply on the skin tags and the area three times a day. Other cream that i was given is called Germoloids which is an oitment for piles. This i was told to apply twice a day till my hospital appointment. I used that cream twice and in both cases i experience pain so i stopped that.
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