How do I get treatment

For London Colorectal please telephone:

  • +44 (0) 20 7403 6061

For Gastroenterology please call:

  • +44 (0) 20 7234 2292


Patient Advice following a Haemorrhoidectomy

A haemorrhoidectomy is performed to remove haemorrhoids (piles) which arise from a congestion of internal and/or external venous plexuses around the anal canal. Haemorrhoids can be as a result of straining, constipation or childbirth.

There are various operations which can be performed to help to cure this problem. Your surgeon will discuss the most appropriate method for you.

  • It is advisable to continue to take pain relief as prescribed by your consultant to help ease discomfort until you feel more comfortable and pain free.
  • You should not drive or operate machinery for at least 24-48 hours until you have fully recovered from the anaesthetic.
  • It is important not to allow yourself to get constipated. You may require laxatives in order to prevent this. Your Consultant will discuss this with you prior to your discharge.
  • Ensure you drink plenty of fluids, in particular water and try to have a high fibre diet to help prevent constipation.
  • A small to moderate amount of bleeding, usually when having a bowel movement, may occur for a week or two following the surgery. This is normal and should stop when the area has healed. You may need to wear a pad until the bleeding has stopped. However if the bleeding should become excessive please inform your consultant and seek immediate attention.
  • You may have sutures, depending on the method peformed, these will eventually dissolve.
  • You can resume normal activities when you feel comfortable to do so.
  • Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return to normal duties abut 1-2 weeks following your surgery.
  • You can commence gentle exercise when you feel comfortable.
  • You may resume sexual activity whenever the pain and soreness subsides.
  • Minimise lifting and strenuous activity for three to four weeks.