Hemorrhoidectomy for Internal Piles

Published: 21st April 2010
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There are times when piles get so severe that they must be completely surgically removed. Of course, this is to be avoided if at all possible. Undergoing a full hemorrhoidectomy because your piles got out of control is not something that anyone wants to go through. However, if your hemorrhoids have just gotten far too bad to be treated any other way, hemorrhoidectomy will get the job done. This is usually when the piles have prolapsed out of the body and won't go back in anymore, or if one has gotten an internal blood clot. Of course, if you're not careful, you may be trading in one problem for a whole host of others. If you must go in for surgery, then you must take it upon yourself to find out as much as possible so you get the best possible outcome.

Hemorrhoidectomy, also known as excisional hemorrhoidectomy, is a very invasive surgical procedure. Both scalpels and lasers can be used to perform this piles surgery, and both have similar success and recovery rates. The most important thing when you've got to have a hemorrhoidectomy is to find the best surgeon possible. Do your research to find the piles surgeon in your area who has done the highest number of successful surgeries and then use the procedure he or she is best trained in.

Of course, you should sit down and talk with your doctor and surgeon before ever going in for the surgery. First off, talk to your doctor extensively to make sure that hemorrhoidectomy is the only way you're going to be able to treat your piles. There may be alternatives to full surgery and, considering the inherent risks in hemorrhoidectomy, you should explore all of those alternatives. Once you're convinced that hemorrhoidectomy is the only way, talk with the surgeon to find out his or her pre and post surgical recommendations and instructions. Be sure to tell your surgeon everything you've been taking to help your piles and any other medicine you may be taking besides. You may need to stop taking some things or change your diet for a week or two before surgery.

After the surgery you'll probably need to take at least a week off of work. Hemorrhoidectomy is a very painful procedure to recover from. Some doctors may put in stitches, while others may leave the wound open to heal on its own. Both are feasible means of dealing with the incision, but both of them also hurt quite a lot during recovery. Your surgeon will probably prescribe several medications for you to take afterwards, including stool softeners, antibiotics, and pain medication. The stool softeners are to deal with any constipation that may hurt the surgical area, the antibiotics are to deal with any possible infection and the pain medication is to let you get through the experience with your sanity intact.

Hemorrhoidectomy is the most extreme surgery you can get for piles. It offers an excellent success rate. In addition to removing the pile itself, the surgery also removes all of the weakened tissue around the pile that would otherwise develop into new piles. However, considering the risks from a botched surgery or a botched recovery, hemorrhoidectomy for internal piles is never something to take lightly. Be sure to get as much help as you need from family and friends, and take the appropriate steps to make sure you don't get internal piles again. With effort and a bit of luck, your internal piles will be a thing of the past.

To find out more about hemorrhoidectomy for internal piles check out our piles articles and piles treatments.

Copyright 2010. Written by Donald Urquhart. All universal rights reserved.

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