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    Are salt water baths advisable after surgery for haemorrhoids?

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  • A/Prof David Read

    Colorectal Surgeon (Bowel), General Surgeon

    A/Prof David J Read is a Colorectal, General and Trauma Surgeon working out of the Royal Melbourne and Melbourne Private Hospitals. He has visiting rights … View Profile

    Yes and No. Previously it was routine for surgeons to recommend salt water (sits) baths after surgery round the anus. Some even advised purchase of specific purpose built plastic containers. Warm baths certainly can be very relieving after such surgery and do help to keep the area clean. However, the benefit is from the warm water, which has been shown to take the spam out of the anal sphincter, and the salt is not necessary. There is certainly no need to purchase a plastic container if u don't have a bath, a shower will suffice, and that's one less bit of plastic in the environment. Bidets are the best, but unfortunately not so common in Australia. In summary: yes to warm baths, keep the salt for cooking pasta!

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