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No one wants to suffer the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids but if they become a problem for you, early treatment through lifestyle changes, natural products and some good home care can be very effective in getting rid of those unwanted symptoms.
Hemorrhoids are common in both men and women with roughly 50% of the population suffering from hemorrhoids by age 50. However, sometimes when hemorrhoids are neglected or particularly stubborn, other solutions need to be investigated. One such solution could be hemorroidectomy surgery and this is the process where the hemorrhoid is removed surgically, usually as an outpatient procedure.
Surgery is also considered when symptoms become so bothersome that your lifestyle is affected or when hemorrhoids create a medical emergency, such as uncontrolled bleeding or the appearance of blood and pus at the anus along with severe rectal pain. The surgical procedure is not too lengthy and depending on the severity, a local anesthesia is all that is needed which should last 6 to 12 hours to provide pain relief after surgery. The patient can usually leave the medical facility within a matter of hours.
There is another procedure that uses a circular stapling device to remove hemorrhoidal tissue and close the wound. No incision is made. Called stapled hemorrhoidopexy, in this procedure the hemorrhoid is lifted and then "stapled" back into place in the anal canal. The advantage is often less pain after surgery than the traditional hemorrhoid surgery. But the stapled surgery is more expensive and the risk of recurrence is higher.
After surgery, it is important that the patient is able to urinate before leaving and that someone drives him or her home. Some people may find urinating difficult and there may be some pain too while doing so.
After care at home necessitates taking some pain relief if needed and eating a rather bland diet with plenty of liquids for a few days. Ice packs applied to the anal area will help to reduce swelling and pain while frequent soaking in a bath or bowl of warm water will soothe and relax anus. It is wise to take stool softeners for a short while to ensure smooth initial bowel movements during the few days recuperation period at home. Be careful not to strain during bowel movements as this can cause hemorrhoids to recur.
One of the most common causes of hemorrhoids is constipation. Because of the straining during bowel movements, the veins can swell and become inflamed. This is also common in pregnant women due to the strain of carrying and delivery a baby.
Hemorrhoids are a temporary condition but can be made worse by obesity, standing or lifting too much, and other factors. Fortunately, in many cases hemorrhoids can be treated effectively with a sensible, healthy diet, good hygiene and topical natural or OTC medications. In some cases where people who do not respond to non-surgical treatments or have left such treatment too late, there could then be a case for long-term relief through surgery.