Are you a candidate for a stapled hemorrhoidectomy?
As the name implies, a stapled hemorrhoidectomy is all about hemorrhoids, and if you are someone who suffers from this condition, it’s a topic you may want to pay special attention to. The procedure is most often used for grade II or III internal hemorrhoids, which are hemorrhoids that bleed and prolapse, or come out, with defecation.
We would love for our patients to take preventative measures to improve hemorrhoids and make sure they are not a permanent part of daily life, but sometimes it is necessary to consider this treatment option.
What to expect with a stapled hemorrhoidectomy
In a nutshell, the operation aims to remove internal hemorrhoids and gives some benefit to the enlarged external hemorrhoidal tissues. The remaining tissue is repositioned back to its normal anatomic position, and after the recovery process, you can return to a normal and much more comfortable life.
The good news is that this tends to be a quick procedure, sometimes completed in under thirty minutes. Compared to other procedures, there is generally less reported pain, and patients report being able to return to their normal lives much quicker than with a traditional hemorrhoidectomy. You can expect a stapled hemorrhoidectomy to be a safe and relatively low impact surgery that does not require a lot of aftercare or follow-up.
However, after the procedure, it is not uncommon to feel as though there is fullness or pressure in the rectum. This pressure can result in discomfort, but it should be noted that these symptoms usually dissipate in a few days. This fullness and pressure is a normal part of the healing process, but if you notice other issues, such as unexpected pain or swelling, we want you to let your doctor as soon as possible.
A little more information about hemorrhoids
You probably already know that hemorrhoids can result in bleeding, prolapse, leakage, pain, itchiness, and discomfort. Thankfully, hemorrhoids are easily treatable, and most people can take preventative steps to ensure they do not recur.
While it can be embarrassing and isolating, hemorrhoids are quite common, impacting approximately one in 20 people. It is estimated that around 50% of people over the age of 50 have hemorrhoids or have had hemorrhoids at one point. However, only about 4% of the population will have hemorrhoid problems that require immediate or serious medical attention, such as a stapled hemorrhoidectomy.
The ideal candidate for the procedure will have significant internal hemorrhoids that bleed or prolapse with defecation with minimal external hemorrhoidal disease. To find out more about whether or not you fit this profile and are a good candidate for a stapled hemorrhoidectomy, contact us to set up a consultation. We would love to help you get rid of the pesky problem of hemorrhoids once and for all!
Alabama Colon & Rectal Institute is centered around treating diseases of the colon, rectum, and anus.
Alabama Colon & Rectal Institute (also known as the “Butt Hutt” around town!) has been in practice since 1990 as a free standing, private practice located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. We are known for our efficiency and patient care, in a more relaxed office-based setting. Our doctors are known regionally for their expertise and are active in teaching surgical residents and other physicians. We are also a major sponsor of The Rumpshaker 5K, a race that promotes awareness about colorectal cancer. Check out our website for more information, or give us a call to make an appointment at (205) 458-5000, or email us at [email protected].