Ok everyone here I am alive and doing well! I had a very large "External Thrombosed Hemorrhoid" & 3 Large Internal Hemorrhoids. Since July 12th I have been in the worst pain of my life! Dreading the daily BM's & other normal daily functions of a father, husband & you guessed it a full time drummer.... Lol yes I sit & hit things for a living & these hemorrhoids stopped me cold! I haven't worked since July 7th & we just had a new baby.... Ooo but read on it gets better and very encouraging!
First, thanks for all your great encouragement! I am the kind of person that wants to be informed so what do I do? Read every forum (IE.... Horror story) about this condition & the surgery. My mind screwed me all the way to the pre-op room. I am so thankful I did this.
So from the begining.
I was scared for surgery, but it was a piece of cake! Dr. used a tool (newer technology) called, 'LigaSure'. Basically like scissors that are very hot and burn the cut closed, no stitches! I was then worried about urinating after. I have a history of the anesthesia not allowing mr to urinate coupled w/ the surgery I hear makes it hard. Also I had banding done years ago and it was the worst, I didn't pee for 2 days. So w/ all that said a catheter was a horrible fear. Again, no worries peed on my own and went home. Went in at 9:30am pre-op, surgery at 11am and home by 1:20!
I've had no pain at all! NONE! I woke up a little uncomfortable because of the gauze and the packing they put for precaution for bleeding and took a bath to get it out, no pain again.... I then had my first BM & was scared to death by the horror stories I've been reading, guys seriously no pain during the BM but I have had pain after since. I'm at about a 5-6 right now while typing this. It's now 12:19pm Wed Aug 15, 2012 for those wondering when this was done. I know not everyone will have this experience but I attribute it to Praying & believing God is in control. The Dr's & staff at Kaiser Ontario, CA Vineyard facility & this great new technology, "LigaSure" as well as me!
This is how I prepared my body for recovery. I was very proactive 2 wks before & I focussed more on the recovery than the surgery since I was going to be asleep for the surgery, lol. Below is what I did & I know it is helping big time to reduce the pain of the BM's. I recommend this to everyone before surgery!
Obviously changed my diet to a very fiber rich one. I lost 8lbs before surgery. I also added supplements daily an that's it. Here they are & how I used them.
Again w/ a very fiber rich diet, very little animal protein (no beef at all!).
First, WATER WATER WATER & more WATER!
Supplements: Macro Life Naturals "Macro Greens", Renew Life "Organic Triple Fiber" Psyllium Free it's a softer fiber that helps your stool to be smaller. Metamucil & Citrucel are harsh fibers & often make your actual stool bigger & could hurt more coming out.
Barlean's Organic Oils "Omega Swirl Flax Seed Oil" strawberry banana flavor. This actual helps pass stool easier because it lubricates your digestive system & rectum.
Big G's Smoothy! What I did w/ these supplements was made a smoothy every morning using products & organic juices that I know to aid healing & help me in my recover.
So I added a TBLS of each supplement w/ either Odwalla "Superfood Blueberry B" or Sambazon "Organic Acai" & a little Mango juice. In that I added a banana & Blueberries (fresh or frozen tend to be cheaper). Lastly, 2Tbls of plain yogurt w/ some ice. BAM! That's the Big G smoothy setting me up for a smooth, effortless & painless (mostly) BM!
Again my focus has been on my recovery & these first BM's.
Being proactive & setting your focus on your recovery will do you wonders! After I read all these horror stories I was set & all indications were that I would be in HELL! GUYS YOU CAN DO THIS! I am in a bit of pain, a "BIT". The pain (if I can even call it that) is NOTHING compared to how I felt 2 days of before my surgery! Guys & gals do it, inform yourself, ask if the us "LigaSure" tools & technology. I have had an absolute wonderful experience considering what I was told & read. You can do it, be encouraged, uses my proactive, pre-surgery smoothy & share it w/ everyone. This is not only about the recovery but about a heathy future for your digestive system so this never happens again to any of us! Your BM's should come out on their own & should get this, "Float".
God bless you & your families. I pray for no more pain & a speedy recovery for all. Share the "Big G Smoothy" w/ the world it helps!
Gary Stanionis 1 day after surgery.