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    What are the affects of surgery for hemorrhoids?

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    Dr Kenneth Wong

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon

    Dr Ken Wong is a very experienced specialist surgeon focussing on keyhole surgery techniques for gallstones, bowel cancer, hernia and weight loss surgery. He graduated … View Profile

    Surgery to cut out haemorrhoids can have early and late side effects. 

    The early effects include:

    1. Bleeding from the surgical site which may require return to the operating theatre to stop bleeding
    2. Infection at the surgical site which may require prolonged  treatment with antibiotics
    3. Pain and discomfort in the anus for up to six weeks. This is best treated with warm salt baths and ice packs

    The late effects include:

    1. Recurrence of haemorrhoids: this may be related to hard stools, straining, aging
    2. Narrowing of anus requiring further corrective surgery

    Therefore, speak to your surgeon about other options for haemorrhoid treatment such as rubber band ligation before committing to haemorrhoid surgery.

    Dr Ken Wong

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