If your hemorrhoids aren’t responding to traditional hemorrhoid treatments such as over-the-counter medications and changes to diet, then it might be time to seek out the best hemorrhoid treatment around. But then the questions becomes, what is the best medical treatment for hemorrhoids? Today we’re going to take a look at traditional surgical hemorrhoid removal, the problems associated with it, and why you might want to consider a different method offered by a hemorrhoid clinic.
You might think that traditional hemorrhoid surgery would be the way to go. After all, that’s the way that rectal doctors have been dealing with them for centuries. But cutting hemorrhoids out, also known as a hemorrhoidectomy, is something you want to avoid if possible. Why?
During a traditional hemorrhoidectomy, the rectal doctor will make cuts on the anus and slice them away. (Sorry about that sentence, but we thought you should know the gut-clenching truth of the procedure).
There are two ways that anesthesia can be used by a proctologist during hemorrhoid surgery. If a patient is afraid of medical procedures, general anesthesia might be the better option. The patient is completely under for the procedure. Conversely, it’s more common for a patient to be under local anesthesia, which tends to be safer. The area around the anus is numbed and the patient is awake during the experience. In both circumstances, the patient can usually go home the same day.
It’s a Highly-Sensitive Area
We don’t have to tell you that the anus is a highly-sensitive area. Artists might have left the anus off of the cortical homunculus, a figure that represents the body based not off of biology but of sensitivity, but we all know just how large it would be if properly represented.
When you have surgery performed on such a sensitive area, it’s pretty obvious that it’s going to hurt. But unfortunately, the anus can’t take a break to recover, and needing stitches is a real possibility. Having a bowel movement after a hemorrhoidectomy is kind of like breaking an arm and then having to pitch in a baseball game. You can’t simply stop having bowel movements during the time it will take to recover. You’ll be using that area of the body within 24 hours, so you might want to find a hemorrhoid treatment that’s a bit less extreme.
Of course, the problem is that the pain will probably persist for quite a while after a hemorrhoidectomy. That’s because…
Recovery Is Considerable
Two weeks. That’s how long it will probably take until you can comfortably use the restroom again. And while that might seem bad, it’s going to be even longer before you feel “back to normal.” Again, it’s a sensitive area inside and out, and since it doesn’t get to have much rest it’s going to take longer to heal completely.
There Is Pain
You won’t be surprised to know that there will be pain after a traditional hemorrhoidectomy. And you can probably guess when the pain will be the worst: when you’re using the restroom. Soaking in a warm tub and doctor-recommended painkillers are the most-common treatments for the pain, but it still tends to be the most painful of hemorrhoid treatments.
You Might Have Trouble Urinating or Defecating
Here’s a weird side effect of having hemorrhoid surgery: you might have some trouble urinating or defecating. Because of muscle spasms or swelling, it might be harder to use the restroom than you realize. If this persists, you’ll need to head in to see a doctor about it.
What’s worse than not being able to defecate? Defecating when you don’t want to. If the anus gets damaged during the surgery, you could be dealing with rectal incontinence and a much longer recovery time.
Consider the Best Hemorrhoid Treatment Out There
At the Midsouth Rectal Clinic, we’re not big fans of traditional hemorrhoidectomies because of the many reasons stated above. What do we see as an excellent alternative hemorrhoid surgery? Hemorrhoid banding. Instead of cutting the hemorrhoids off, a doctor will wrap tiny, tight rubber bands around them. This cuts off the blood supply to them, and they wither and go away. We’ll talk more about that in our next blog.
Want to know more about hemorrhoid banding? If you’re in the area of Batesville, Mississippi, call us at 662.578.7650. Closer to Bartlett, Tennessee? Call 901.362.5252. Our hemorrhoid clinic is ready to help you take care of hemorrhoids when basic changes to your diet aren’t making them go away. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you get through a tough situation with as little pain as possible. Contact us today at the numbers above for the best hemorrhoid treatments around.