Hello everyone!  I wanted to share my story of my hemorrhoidectomy with all of you.  First of all, my doctor/surgeon explained everything very well.  I knew what to expect as far as the pain factor went.  I'll admit, I almost backed out a few days before the surgery.  I had been suffering for years though with hemorrhoids, one large internal and one large external.  When my doctor did my surgery, I also had an anal fissure.  I had to have a sphincterotomy as well.  The first 6 days were rough but not unbearable.  I've read some of the horror stories on this forum and I just wanted to say that not all experiences are bad.  I was fortunate enough to have a doctor that explained everything well.  Stool softeners, sitz baths and eating a high fiber diet helped considerably!  I am almost 5 weeks post op and am doing great!  The discharge that I was having is completely gone.  BTW, the discharge thing is completely normal.  Don't panic!  I wish everyone the best of luck!!