Removal of piles by a technique that uses a rubber band
over the stalk of the pile mass to cut off blood flow.
Any of the Local, Spinal or General anesthesia may be
DESCRIPTION OF PROCEDURE
- The doctor inserts a proctoscope to dilate the anal
muscles. Sometimes anal muscles must be dilated vigorously to expose the piles.
- The pile mass is visualized and grasped with a special
- A small rubber band is slipped over the stalk of the pile
mass to bind it and cut off its blood flow.
- The surgical area may be sewn closed or left open and
medicated gauze is used to cover it.
- Excessive bleeding.
- Wound infection.
- Severe pain, especially while passing stools.
AVERAGE HOSPITAL STAY
Curable in most patients, no matter what age. Allow about
2 weeks for recovery from surgery.
- No smoking.
- Sit in warm water for 10 to 20 minutes as often as it
- Avoid heavy lifting. If not possible, learn proper body
mechanics to reduce strain contributing to recurrence.
- Don't strain while passing stools or urine.
- Wipe gently after passing stools with soft, moist, white
Your doctor may prescribe:
- Pain relievers. Don't take prescription pain medication
longer than 4 to 7 days. Use ONLY as much as you need.
- Stool softeners or laxatives to prevent constipation.
- Analgesic ointment to relieve pain.
- Avoid aspirin.
Resume driving 1 week after returning home.
Increase dietary fiber and fluid intake to prevent
constipation. Straining while passing stools can cause piles to recur.
CONTACT YOUR SURGEON IMMEDIATELY
- Pain, swelling, redness, drainage or bleeding increase in
the surgical area.
- Signs of infection appear: headache, muscle aches,
dizziness or a general ill feeling and fever.
- You become constipated.