Updated April 17, 2014
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Pain is to be expected after hemorrhoid surgery, especially when having a bowel movement or urinating. It may be severe at times, but should diminish steadily in the week following surgery. Some difficulty with urination may also be present after hemorrhoid surgery; however, a total inability to urinate should be treated as a medical emergency.
Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication in addition to other methods of pain relief, including ice packs and sitz baths.
Approximately 5% of all patients have additional hemorrhoids develop after having surgical treatment. Many hemorrhoids can be prevented with lifestyle changes and other interventions. Your surgeon may recommend several ways to prevent future hemorrhoids from forming.
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