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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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  • 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.
  • Clayton LSep.24 05:05
    Hello I am on day 4 after surgery and yes what the surgeon said is all true. Constant throbbing pain and feeling of helplessness. I have found a hot shower after bowel movements then a ice pack for 30 min really helps. Painkillers not really that effective unless I double dose....not smart but I feel I have no choice. I too have suffered with internal and external hemorroids for years. Tried banding twice but they came back very quickly. I find bed rest and lots of water are helping. Can't wait till this nightmare is behind me...
  • Alfred Guevarra Sep.11 11:10
    Hi guys! I read most of the comments here. I just have operation for my hemorrhoid(internal),anal fissures, and rectal polyp. I confined myself Sept 8 and do the operation Sept 9 Here in Dubai at international modern hospital. The operation went well. I had general anesthesia. More than 3hrs I'm in the recovery area. Now, I leaved the hospital and went home. I had so much medicine to take. I have Hetlox 500, brufen 600, genpol 40mg, arcoxia 60mg, duphalac, and betadine solution for my hot seats. I'm still in pain, but bearable now. My only concern now is I have so much gasses in my stomach. When Im in the CR OMG, I always farting and I don't like that. Because it keeps me in pain. And my bowel movement now is not normal maybe because I'm still in Healing process. I'm hoping all these pain was gone. Specially this gasses.
  • Angela KendrickSep.6 22:24
    Hey, now I'm not sure what to do?? I'm scheduled to have my hemorrhoids removed in a c couple of weeks. I'm already miserable with the hemorrhoids. After reading all these comments I'm scared to death, worried about the Pain!
  • NettaSep.3 22:18
    I just had hemorrhoid surgery on August 26. Prior to the surgery I had no difficulties walking moving around doing every day normal activity but at that time I was in the hospital for rectal bleeding. Now that I've had the surgery I am very weak I can barely stand for long periods of time, and I have a temp of 99 to 101 and hovers around that Area. I guess I'm trying to figure out if this is normal to be this fatigued and exhausted I have been out for a week now, and I see that it can take up to four weeks to recover, but I don't have have any pain; just exhaustion and weakness along with swelling seems to be more my issue with that whole area. I still feel once in a while I need pain medication especially during dialysis. That's a whole nother issuse. Thanks in advance to anyone that has the slightest idea. P.s. I see my Primary on next Wednesday, September 7.
  • SproutAug.30 15:10
    Hey guys Is there anyone who is still in pain after near 3 months of their surgery????please reply me. I had my surgery near 3 months ago and still I feel pain. I had a very bad prolapsed hemorroid and fissure. But i still feel pain and i guess it is from the place of the fissure. The doctor told me it should not take this much long and recommend me to colonoscopy!!! I am terrified to do that. Do you have any idea what i should do???thanks for your help.
  • MandyAug.13 13:17
    I had grade IV prolapse hemorrhoid and had stapled haemorrhoidectomy to remove them under GA. There's a tiny skin tag which was left that doesn't bother. Surgeon said he could not remove it, if he did I would have problems controlling bowel movements in future. For the first 3 days the pain was unbearable that I could not sleep ( my threshold of pain is vey low) coz I feel like I kept having to go and poo there was nothing. It was just gas that was accumulated causing pressure pressing onto the operated part which made the anal hole very small and tight. I was eating fybogel that was rich in fibre hat facilitates defecation but had some side effects of flatulence. Day 4 was great mainly because I didn't have to visit the toilet much. Day 5 was the worse pain I felt with some light bleeding. Day 6 onwards felt like a normal person with minor pain every now and then visiting the toilet. I also stop pain killers on this day. Day 9-10 I first felt some itching in that area, it wasn't painful but it definitely felt uncomfortable. I understood that to be part of the healing process as the would heals. Warm Salt water baths and heat packs around that area helps. It will get better after that slowly. Good luck!
  • PaulAug.11 09:07
    i just had my my surgery for my internal and external hemmorhoids,pain would mostly be after defecating. i would defecate twice every day coz i need to cut the 1st to avoid straining (while enduring pain after) then the next round would be after 30mins(estimate). i still bleed and in pain every after defecating.
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