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What You Need To Know About Hemorrhoidectomy Surgery

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Updated May 27, 2014

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Before Surgery: Preparing For Hemorrhoid Surgery

If you elect to have hemorrhoid surgery, you may be asked to stop taking any medications that can increase bleeding in the week before surgery. Those medications can include over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, and any prescription blood-thinning medications.

On the day prior to surgery, you will be asked to perform bowel prep. This may mean drinking a solution that will remove all stool from your digestive tract by causing you to have bowel movements, or you may be asked to give yourself an enema.

Your physician will answer any questions about the surgery and discuss the risks of hemorrhoid surgery with you. These risks are specific to hemorrhoid surgery, in addition to the general risks of surgery and the risks of anesthesia. The severity of your hemorrhoid(s), the types of hemorrhoids present (including external, internal or prolapsed hemorrhoids), the type of anesthesia you receive, and your general health will all contribute to your personal level of risk.

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