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POST OPERATIVE CARE AFTER HEMORRHOID

After surgery, the patient is taken to the Room, Patients are closely monitored by the nursing staff and remain there until they are stable.

Because of swelling and the dressing, some patients have temporary difficulty in urinating. If there is urgency, but the urine will not flow, a catheter is used to empty the bladder. Outpatients may need to stay overnight if they are unable to urinate. Patients must be able to urinate on their own before being discharged.

Even though the anesthesia has worn off, most patients remain groggy for the rest of the day. Patients must arrange for a family member or friend to be with them if they are being discharged the same day as the surgery.

Patients experience pain and discomfort during the immediate postoperative period (i.e., about 10 days). Pain medication is prescribed and should be taken as directed.

Nausea & Vomiting may occur but usually, subside in first 24 hours of surgery.

An ice pack can help reduce swelling. Soaking in a sitz bath (a shallow bath of warm water) several times a day helps ease the discomfort.

It is important to avoid constipation at this time so, the physician will prescribe stool softeners and a laxative. Eating a high-fiber diet and drinking plenty of liquids also helps. A small to moderate amount of bleeding, usually when having a bowel movement, may occur for a week or two following the surgery. This is normal and should stop when the anus and rectum heal.

Complete recovery takes 6 weeks to 2 months. Most patients return to work within 10 days. Heavy lifting should be avoided for 2 to 3 weeks.