You can expect rectal and anal pain after having hemorrhoid surgery. Your doctor will probably prescribe a painkiller to ease the discomfort.
You can aid in your own recovery by:
- eating a high-fiber diet
- staying hydrated by drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water per day
- using a stool softener so you won't have to strain during bowel movements
Avoid any activities that involve heavy lifting or pulling. Besides, some people find that sitz baths help ease postsurgical discomfort. A sitz bath involves soaking the anal area in a few inches of warm salt water several times a day.
Although individual recovery times vary, many people can expect to make a full recovery within about 10 to 14 days. Complications are rare, but please seek medical help if you have a fever, can't urinate, have pain with urination, or feel dizzy.
When you follow up with your doctor, they'll probably recommend:
- diet changes, such as eating foods high in fiber and staying hydrated
- making lifestyle changes, such as losing weight
- adopting a regular exercise program
These adjustments will reduce the likelihood of hemorrhoids recurring. Now, shop for stool softeners. Take it easy.