A stapled hemorrhoidectomy or stapled hemorrhoidopexy is a procedure that is typically used for grade II or III internal hemorrhoids. In a sentence, this operation aims to remove internal hemorrhoids and gives some benefit to the enlarged external hemorrhoidal tissues. The remaining tissue is then repositioned back to its normal anatomic position and after the recovery process, the patient can return to a normal and much more comfortable life.
What you can Expect from a Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy Procedure
A stapled hemorrhoidectomy tends to be a quick procedure. In some cases, it is 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 a traditional hemorrhoidectomy. That means a stapled hemorrhoidectomy is a safe and relatively low impact surgery that does not require a lot of aftercare or follow-up from the patient.
With that said, 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, it is recommended that you reach out to your doctor as soon as you are able.
Common Questions About Hemorrhoids and Treatment Options
What Are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins and tissue located in the anus and rectum. The most common cause of this medical condition happens as a result of straining while constipated but can also form as a result of sitting on the toilet for a long period of time, obesity, and even pregnancy.
What are the symptoms of Hemorrhoids?
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 the medical condition doesn’t recur.
How Common are Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids impact roughly 1 in 20 people. In addition to that, 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.
Who is An Ideal Candidate for a Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy Procedure?
Mainly patients with significant internal hemorrhoids that bleed or prolapse with defecation with minimal external hemorrhoidal disease.