Patient Comments: Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy -- Procedure


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Comment from: ven7782, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 10

I had stapled hemorrhoidectomy yesterday (11/5/2020). The pain is pretty manageable and I only had one pill of Percocet the day of the surgery. However I am not able to pass stool as it hurts during bowel movement (BM). I am taking laxative and also prune juice to help with BM. No luck so far. Will report back later on how it goes.

Comment from: Kat, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I'm 11 days post stapled hemorrhoidectomy. I had stage 4 hemorrhoids. I've never felt pain like it, it's brutal from the moment I woke up. I was sobbing my eyes out. I've had other surgeries before including gallbladder removal and the pain was nothing like I've felt with this. I'm either waking up at 3.20 am with excruciating pain or I'm getting no sleep due to the pain. Two days after the surgery a large skin tag appeared. It's brutal, I'd rather live with hemorrhoid pain than this. Bowel movements are also brutal!

Comment from: LaTisha, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I am almost 4 weeks post stapled hemorrhoidectomy and doing much better than I was 2 weeks ago. It is still very uncomfortable having a bowel movement and I'm either feeling backed up or passing too much. The Epsom salt baths and heating pad do wonders along with preparation H maximum strength. I do still have sutures on the outside of my bottom due to the outer hemorrhoid removal, but they said this will fall off. I also noticed skin that's holding the stitches, and I hope it doesn’t stay that way. I will know later if this was worth it.

Comment from: Juju, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I had a stapled hemorrhoidectomy in 2015 due to category 3 and 4 internal and external hemorrhoids. Biggest mistake of my life! I can still feel the staples with each and every bowel movement (BM). I have had 3 other surgeries since then; one being another hemorrhoidectomy! I’ve got a broken tail bone nerve damage from a car accident, migraines, ulcer, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and had my gallbladder removed. Nothing compares to the pain I go through before during and after a BM. I wouldn’t wish this pain on anyone. Don’t do it!

Comment from: Mom of 3, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I had a stapled hemorrhoidectomy done yesterday and so far my pain is at a 3 out of 10. I had three external hemorrhoids and two internal which caused bleeding every time I’ve had a bowel movement. I also had 4 skin tags that I had to get removed. I take the pain medicines prescribed to me only when needed, which I took once in a 24 hour period. The trick is really to take it easy and rest... utilize your sitz bath and eat high fiber foods. Drink lots of water! Highly recommend this procedure.

Comment from: Moooo!, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I just had a stapled hemorrhoidectomy last Friday and it was the most painful thing I’ve ever gone through! I’ve had 9 surgeries in my lifetime and never did I wake up writhing and crying like this surgery. My blood pressure wouldn’t go down but I’m sure it was because of the pain. It took about 10 minutes and a few medicines for me to be able to tolerate it. I needed this but was told it wouldn’t hurt. Just here and there.

Comment from: FChair, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 16

It is 11 days on after my stapled hemorrhoidectomy, and also a tear and a polyp were removed. Terrible pain and plenty of blood passing stool lasted 10 days. I kept stool loose with laxatives, but had pain for up to hour after; tears rolling, dogs investigating, knees around ears pain. I was waking up at 3 am with starbursts of pain in my rectum, itchy anus and canal, and feeling full of molten metal. I can’t urinate for minutes. The doctor is happy enough, says I am lucky as the alternative takes 3 months recovery. Do it again? I hope never again, but yes, it was needed.

Comment from: Lucky me , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I have excruciating pain 10 days after stapled hemorrhoidectomy, not feeling like I have recovered at all, and a staple was in the bathtub. I wonder if anyone else has experienced losing staples 10 days after surgery.

Comment from: Ms. J, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I had stapled hemorrhoidectomy 6 days ago. It was the worst pain I’ve experienced in my life and I was in labor 26 hours, at least 1 hour of trying to push my son out! I was able to urinate 8 hours post procedure but had to do it standing in the shower and had to do this for 4 days due to pain. I didn’t have a bowel movement until 4 days later and it was incredibly painful, I literally almost fainted from the pain 3 times. Still in pain but not as intense. I found a small hemorrhoid today. Feeling so disappointed. Avoid if possible!


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Comment from: Patiience, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

Following feedbacks I was terrified and asked the surgeon to avoid stapled hemorrhoidectomy. He banded two internal hemorrhoids, sutured and banded a third large one. I was carried out yesterday afternoon, and was discharged by night. I was given laxatives but they can give me terrible colitis. Instead I'm using three oils: 1/3 olive oil, 1/3 almond oil, 1/3 glycerin oil, prepared by pharmacists. No bloating, no urgency and not absorbed by the body, gentle soft bowel movement. Prescribed by Italian proctologists. Good luck everyone.

Comment from: 21 yr old, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

My experience differs greatly from these comments about stapled hemorrhoidectomy. I had stage 3 hemorrhoids. For the first 36 hours post-operation I had little pain due to the long lasting local anesthetic. Hours 36 to 84 were the worst for me. I took countless warm baths which completely relieved pain. Passing stool was not as bad as anticipated but for several minutes after a bowel movement (BM) the pain is intense (until blood leaves the area). I am a week post-operation with pain only following BMs. Stay away from gassy foods. I highly recommend this procedure.

Comment from: Lucky ??, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I had my stapled hemorrhoidectomy 6 weeks ago, and I was readmitted to hospital after discharge for 7 days for pain management. I have given birth to 2 babies and they were posterior with no drugs and with forceps, had kidney stones, broken ribs and other surgeries, this is the worst pain I have experienced. Now I have to go back into hospital and my specialist thinks I may have an infection, or an abscess or a fissure, and try and stop the spasms as when I open my bowels I’m in pain for 8 hours!

Comment from: WB, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I am now in week eight after my stapled hemorrhoidectomy. Is has been a nightmare! I asked my doctor what the recovery time is and he told me there is none. I thought that maybe after a week I would be okay. On week 2 I was much worse. This stabbing pain worsened every week. At week 6 he looked with a sig scope. Everything has healed. He thinks it is muscle spasms. They happen with each bowel movement and last for hours. At week 7 1/2 I have external hemorrhoids again.

Comment from: In recovry, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 08

I had the stapled hemorrhoidectomy one month ago after suffering from both internal and external hemorrhoids stage 3. My external hemorrhoids had prolapsed badly and after eating junk food, coffee or alcohol they would flare up and I would bleed badly during the passing of stool. I won’t lie, and admit the first 2 to 3 weeks were agony and pain. It has now been 1 month and I don’t have any pain but am still bleeding after the stool passes or when I pass major wind. Hoping this is part of recovery and does pass soon!

Comment from: Ralvkr, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 05

I have just undergone my stapled hemorrhoidectomy procedure on level 4 hemorrhoids 8 days ago. Virtually no pain, movements are not so easy. No laxative used. However, today I have serious bleeding with some lower stomach pain. I am still hopeful that this operation will be a success as having the hemorrhoids removed is the most painful thing I have ever experienced and do not want to do it again.

Comment from: baruch, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 29

My stapled hemorrhoidectomy was an absolute nightmare. I have terrible burning with bowel motions which can or want to happen frequently because of laxatives. Most time little stool passes and have to go again and again. I am in pain 30 minutes after defecation. I am feeling weak as I cannot eat much for fear of passing extra stool. I am now on day 5 and no better. I am also passing blood which suggests that new hemorrhoids could be developing. It took 4 days to pass wind - hissing noise. Don't do the operation, only in emergency like prolapse.

Comment from: Pam, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I had my stapled hemorrhoidectomy 3 days ago. I’ve had a low grade fever, bloating and explosive diarrhea. My stomach churns a lot despite eating pretty healthy and taking milk of magnesia, prune juice and Miralax.

Comment from: Bingo, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 29

I had stapled hemorrhoidectomy 13 days ago and still in a considerable amount of pain. First week was terrible, I got better at about day 8 but the itching and throbbing still exist. Doctor has me on antibiotics now as there is some bleeding and thinks there may be an infection causing the pain. To top it all off, things looked great down there until day 10 when I noticed a small hemorrhoid has emerged. Doctor said sorry, we were 80 percent successful!


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Comment from: Darren cox, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 26

I had a stapled hemorrhoidectomy. I called my doctor at least five times and had one visit two weeks after reporting terrible pain and bleeding. He refused to give me any more pain medicines after I had been on them for two weeks. They also refused to see me. After six weeks my general physician examined me, called them and demanded they see me. Seven weeks later he scooped me and removed nine bad staples, many more were missing. He said the staple machine had malfunctioned and he was sorry. Hemorrhoids have returned.

Comment from: Naresh, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 13

After 12 days after stapled hemorrhoidectomy I have pain, blood, itching, everything. This surgery is the biggest mistake of my life. Before surgery I had no pain, only blood was coming from my anus many times but after surgery I have everything; pain, blood, itching. Now what to do!

Comment from: Marcus , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 13

I had stapled hemorrhoidectomy two days ago. They say ‘if it’s not broken don’t fix,’ this is how I feel at the moment. Constant pain, but subsided a little. My problem is bowel movement. I get to the toilet and it is frightening! The slightest passing of stool if any causes tears.

Comment from: v rao, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 17

I had stapled hemorrhoidectomy on 5th October and was discharged on the 6th. Only the first few hours after the procedure were hard. The pain was not much but the urge to defecate was overwhelming. Anyway I went to the toilet but only the pads they left behind came out. Anyway there was not much in the intestines. By the evening on 6th I was almost normal and was wondering why I had suffered from the pain and inconvenience of hemorrhoids all my life. I would certainly recommend it to anyone.

Comment from: IZZY2018, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I had the stapled hemorrhoidectomy a week ago and I must say the first few days I thought I wouldn't make it. The pain has now gotten better however it is still uncomfortable. I took off work for a couple weeks. I hope I am able to return on time. Right now it seems I may need extra time.

Comment from: Madman, 35-44 (Patient) Published: September 11

Day 11 after my stapled hemorrhoidectomy pain has subsided very minimally. I too can't leave the toilet too long. Last night I itched and this morning I checked, and I am very sad and disappointed to have seen a hemorrhoid! It is Saturday and I’m supposed to go back to work Monday. Now I will have to deal with itch, pain, disappointment, fear of doing this all over again. Hope everyone else has better luck!

Comment from: daisy 242, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

I had a stapled hemorrhoidectomy three days ago after suffering with hemorrhoids for several years. I was expecting the worst but that didn't happen. While there is some pain and discomfort (mostly a feeling of burning or pinching), it isn't much different than what I felt with the hemorrhoids. I'm taking the prescription ibuprofen but have not had any need for stronger pain medicines. I was so afraid of the procedure after reading some of these boards, but it hasn't been that bad!

Comment from: PainedMama, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I had a stapled hemorrhoidectomy done 3 days ago. It honestly is the most painful experience I've ever had (way worse than childbirth). I did not have a bowel movement (BM) until 2 days post-operation. And it was quite uncomfortable. I have had a few BMs since and have found they get less and less uncomfortable. After a BM, I rinse in a warm shower, apply an ice pack and take something for pain (either the prescribed medicines or ibuprofen). I also make sure I walk at least every few hours. It hurts initially, but the pain has gotten better.

Comment from: Uday, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 19

I had my stapled hemorrhoidectomy about two weeks back. The first three days each minute felt like a year, time refused to fly by and I felt time had stopped ticking to see me in pain. This is my third operation. First two were cakewalk as compared to the stapled procedure. When I had to remove the gauze stuck inside (last two operation), I felt I was pulling my life out. I fainted while walking back to my bed. Now I feel better, still unable to go to work, feel I will need a week more to normalize.

Comment from: Daisy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I am on the sixth day post stapled hemorrhoidectomy. The worst aspect for me is going to the bathroom ten or twelve times a day to have yet another bowel movement. I am on a stool softener and have a long history of irritable bowel syndrome. Standing for too long exacerbates this so much of the time I lie or sit down. I have taken less pain relief the last two days. I can urinate quite well now compared with the first 24 hours. Passing wind is more painful than a bowel movement for me. Looking forward to normality after the next two weeks.

Comment from: Jmatt1020, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I had the stapled hemorrhoidectomy surgery 5 days ago and the pain is unrelenting. This is no joke. Definitely more painful than when I pushed out my daughter because the pain is constant 24/7 with no breaks like contractions. Wish I was getting a baby at the end of this! My doctor didn’t explain post-operative care very well or maybe I just don’t remember from the anesthesia, but everything I read says there is some kind of lidocaine plug or gauze still stuck up there! It feels like I have to pass motion 24/7; the pressure and pain! I’m passing gas which feels great actually, but passing motion (or should I say urinating) out my bottom is like hot lava! I am most comfortable on my back with pillow under my bottom with pelvis raised and knees bent into my chest. Yup, this is what’s comfortable.

Comment from: Sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

After suffering 3 years of hemorrhoids and having to remove my stools myself by hand, despite taking softeners, etc., my consultant decided I needed a stapled hemorrhoidectomy. This was done 2 weeks ago and I must say I have never been so ill. Despite having pain killers the pain was unbearable, then day 3 I had a bowel movement and I thought my insides were being ripped out. Now I have bleeding and urgency. I verily live in the bathroom. Soon as I've been I want to go again. Today, day 13, I have started with diarrhea, no matter what I eat it happens so I am left feeling sluggish and tired. Everyone keeps telling me it will be worth it in the end but right now I'm not convinced. Only time will tell.

Comment from: marita, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I had stapled hemorrhoidectomy yesterday. If this is less pain than the regular surgery I'd hate to think of how much that would hurt. First day post operation and I have had several bowel movements; lots of burning. I have been icing, taking sitz baths and now afraid to have anything other than water or broth. I certainly hope tomorrow will be a better day!

Comment from: Zavon1982, 35-44 (Patient) Published: May 22

I had the most pain I ever had with my stapled hemorrhoidectomy. It hurts so badly.

Comment from: JBone , 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 22

My husband just had a stapled hemorrhoidectomy done today. So far no pain but maybe that is because of the pain relief during surgery. I will update as the days go by.

Comment from: Jeho, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I had a stapled hemorrhoidectomy 2 weeks ago, and it was painful, but even now after 2 weeks I feel more pain. I don’t know what’s going on. I wonder if anybody has experienced this after a month.

Comment from: MsAnnie, 55-64 (Patient) Published: June 05

Stapled hemorrhoidectomy is the most painful thing I have ever experienced. Brace yourself. It's been 6 days and I still have not had a bowel movement and the pain is unrelenting.

Comment from: P.Soni, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 14

I had a stapled hemorrhoidectomy procedure. I was feeling good, and I was taking sitz bath, but after 25 days there was some bleeding with 2 to 3 hours pain, and today is 30th day since my operation. Today also I face the same situation, I wonder if this is a sign of failure of the operation.

Comment from: Jitendra s, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 27

I just had a stapled hemorrhoidectomy two days back. The doctor prescribed normal painkiller but it is three days and I am feeling uncomfortable.

Comment from: Brenda , 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 04

My husband had stapled hemorrhoidectomy and just found out the staples did not come out. We don’t know what we to do next.

Comment from: Jasoninjcmo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 02

I had the stapled hemorrhoidectomy done and didn't have a problem. I was told the staples would be in for life or till I have them removed but it says here they fall out. I'm a gay man who was told I couldn't have anal sex again because it would be too dangerous for my partner. So I don’t know if they are all gone and it is safe.