Those of you who have experienced it... has it gone away? How long did it take? My doctor said it is skin tags that are swollen. He says if the swelling doesn't go down and the tags don't go away, that he can just do a procedure in the office to snip it off (sounds easy enough but he also said the hemorrhoidectomy would be easy! hello?!!!).
Any response would be helpful and appreciated.
My roids are external and they do not bother me, they don'r bleed, itch or hurt. Do you strongly recommend I have the surgery, I woud actually be having it for cosmetic purposes.
All your input would be great.
not causing you any pain or discomfort when having
standing and walking, why remove them ?
Why have it done for cosmetic reasons ? Your anus
is hidden from view most of the time.
As with any form of surgery, there are risks,
and with the general anesthesia as well.
Although very rare, there have been fatalities
with hemorrhoidectomies, even with banding
and sclerotherapy injection. Sepsis is the main risk.
Go check it up on Medline, since I can't post
There was a case not too long ago in one of the
private hospitals in Malaysia here. The guy went
to to develop septicemia from the wound, and died.
This is a rare event again, but the risks are there.
The GA can cause thromboses (clots) to form in the
blood stream. In one case here a couple of years ago
in Kuala Lumpur, one young lady who had plastic surgery
for her nose in a private clinic was fine. On walking out
of the clinic, she dropped dead. Although never disclosed,
it was very likely she developed a blood clot from the
anesthesia, which went to her brain and caused a stroke.
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Anyway, they gave me pain killers right after the surgery as well as a release sheet that had some instructions, which included a possible need for a laxative as well as other details if needed for after the surgery.
Long story short - I didn't have a BM for 5 days after the surgery. I had taken several laxative pills which didn't seem to help. Also, I had been taking fiber (Psyllium Husk for quite some time - great bulk forming agent, which was important in my case; it is also considered a very good stool softener). So I ended up going for the last recommended measure on that sheet which was an enema. There are several kinds, so make sure to get the one with mineral oil in it as it lubricates the already dry and irritated passage area.
Anyway, the enema was the only thing that helped me with that 'overloaded' feeling in my lower andominal.
To manage the overall pain - vitamin E (get a liquid form so that you don't have to deal with breaking the gel caps every time) and sitz bath (every 3-4 hours, that's what I did- use mineral salts from Batherapy (I prefer the Green one) and/or Epsom salt. Both help with swelling but vitamin E especially helps with the pain (apply topically and gently lubricate the inside too). No other ointments, gels, etc helped! Not in my case, at least.
Even though your doctor might tell you not to change your regular diet - that's BS. I am not a doctor, but I am someone who has learned the hard way what works and what doesn't. So - eat very easily digestible food only, no red meat! No alcohol! Stay away from smoking and coffee too. In fact I was finally able to quit smoking because of that, coffee was never a problem for me as I usually prefer tea anyway (these days I drink decafed tea), so that was not a problem. Alcohol - I can wait till I get 100% OK and then can take it slowly, 1 or 2 drinks max. Continue (or start) taking fiber on a regular basis.
Overall, I have been relaxing a lot, avoiding any stress whatsoever, listening to soothing music and using essential oil candles around my house to maintain a very relaxible atmosphere all around my house.
By the way, after the enema, I ended up spending the next 2 days 'emptying out and cleansing' my stomach. So when that finally ended, I stopped taking any pain medications (so that I would not get constipated again) and would only occasionally take muscle spasm relaxers (valium which they prescribed as well) which i plan on dropping too. Vitamin E is still my best friend, as well as mineral baths. I am already feeling a lot better, so I hope to start exercising slowly and carefullly, as that helps too (as sitting all day is one of the reasons hems develop in the first place).
Hope this helps and best of luck!
The BMs are not as bad and if you have a shower hose, it may be the best thing to use after a BM. Just rinsh and blow dry. The doctor recommended A+D ointment which helps to prevent rashes.
Overall I'm still waiting for the day the major pain will go away.
Take care everyone