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    I have had a haemorrhoidectomy, but still experience pain and bowel movements. What can I do?

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    I had a haemorrhoidectomy early August this year. It was a very painful time since, and I have still a few problems as even today my anus is still a bit swollen and sore. Each morning starts with a bowel contraction, but without stool. As the day goes on, I will have 3 to 5 more BM with stool increasing. The stool is soft, but the BM are still painful and difficult to control. I’m not on painkillers anymore. Because of this (the need to be near a toilet), it’s not easy to go out etc. I’m a male in my early 60s. What could be done? (Don’t like another surgery).
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    Dr Michael Suen

    Colorectal Surgeon (Bowel), General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon

    Prevention and management of bowel cancer: screening / surveillance colonoscopy, laparoscopic bowel resection, transanal minimally invasive surgery Management of proctological conditions: haemorrhoids (minimally invasive haemorrhoid … View Profile

    It is not uncommon to experience anal pain after traditional haemorrhoidectomy for 6-8 weeks after the surgery. You may want to get your treating surgeon to review you to see if the haemorrhoidectomy wound is healing well as this could be a cause of the symptoms that you described.

    In terms of your bowel control, there are many potential causes. If this persists, you may need a comprehensive anal rectal physiology assessment to assess the function of your anal canal muscles.  

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