Treatments are tailored to the patient’s symptoms and location of haemorrhoids and are effective. Outpatient treatment will produce a little discomfort and occasionally a small amount of bleeding. Simple painkillers will control the discomfort that will last for a few days. A follow up appointment is usually to assess treatment outcome.
Stapled haemorrhoidectomy and T.H.D., both of which remove haemorrhoids usually need a period of 4 to 6 weeks for full recovery. Again, there will be local discomfort but no acute pain. The patient will be able to function properly the following day.
Open haemorrhoidectomy is painful because there will be open wounds around the anus where the external haemorrhoids have been removed. Techniques to reduce the pain at time of surgery include nerve blocks, local anaesthetic and painkillers taken by mouth. Salt baths are advised to reduce the discomfort and inflammation post operatively. The external wounds will take 6 to 8 weeks to heal completely.
The outpatient treatments are performed on the same day as the consultation. The surgical procedures are all carried out as a day case procedure.