A hemorrhoidectomy is usually the final step that a victim of chronic hemorrhoids will face. If you are like me, than any word ending in ‘ectomy’ is scary and abrasive sounding as it literally means a piece of you is removed.
That sounds invasive and serious, which it can be, but certainly not in the case of hemorrhoidectomy surgery. Here are some things you might like to know about hemorrhoidectomies if that is a word you might be including in your personal history here in the near future.
What is a Hemorrhoidectomy?
Just as the title suggests, a hemorroidectomy surgery is the removal of a hemorrhoid. This means that the dilated vein that caused the hemorrhoid problem will be surgically cut out of your body while you are under anesthesia.
Kinds of Hemorrhoidectomies
There are lots of different kinds of hemorrhoids, and each kind of hemorrhoid can present itself in a number of varying stages of severity. Here are some of the different kinds of hemorrhoidectomy surgery, and what they entail.
External Hemorroidectomy: While external hemorrhoids are usually the moist painful brand of piles, the complete surgical removal of them is a more gentle procedure than most hemorrhoidectomies because the vein in need of removal is already on the outside. This means an external is less invasive and leaves a smaller scar.
Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy: In this hemorrhoids surgery, tiny staples are placed around the veins feeding the swollen and painful hemorrhoid. This cuts off the blood flow to the vein and allows it to reduce and eventually fade away all together. This hemorroidectomy procedure is also commonly referred to as Hemorrhoidectomy PPH, the PPH standing for Procedure for Prolapse and Hemorrhoids.
Laser Hemorrhoidectomy: This hemorrhoidectomy procedure is the most advanced and technical. It uses lasers to cauterize and burn the dilates hemorrhoid veins. It can be the fastest and the most effective form of hemorrhoids surgery if done early enough.
Possible Hemorrhoidectomy Complications
Every surgery involves calculated risks, and hemorrhoidectomy procedures of any kind are no exception to this rule. The possible risks are minimal, but real, and should all be taken into consideration before a surgical cure to your hemorrhoids is considered. These risks include, but are not limited to:
Burns and blisters (this mostly refers to laser hemorrhoidectomy)
Long hemorrhoidectomy recovery time
Loss of sensation in the buttocks
Return of hemorrhoids
Infection at incision sites
Allergic reaction to chemical products
Allergic reaction to anesthesia
Surgery can be very risky, but a total and complete end to hemorrhoid pain can be well worth the risk if you have tried everything else available to you.
If you think one of these hemorrhoidectomy options might be the best hemorrhoids treatment for you, then do some more research, educate yourself, and discuss the information with your doctor.