Recovering From Hemorrhoid Surgery: 4 Tips

The pain or hemorrhoids can make it hard to work, play, and enjoy your life. If you have tried more conservative treatments like creams and soaks to no avail, your doctor will likely recommend having the hemorrhoids removed surgically. This prospect can be a bit intimidating as the idea of having someone cut into such a delicate region is scary. However, you'll feel a lot better when it is all over -- and the recovery period won't be that bad, either, if you follow these tips.

1. Take a whole week off from work

Your doctor might tell you that you can go back to work after a couple of days as long as your job is not strenuous and you're feeling okay. But if you can afford to do so, you'll be better off just taking a full week off. When you're not at work, you'll be better able to practice the other self-care tips on this list, and you won't risk straining the area and extending your recovery time.

2. Walk around a little

You should not be doing any strenuous activity while you are recovering from your hemorrhoid surgery, but sitting around on the couch all day is not ideal, either. After the first day, aim to get up and walk around for a few minutes, a few times per day. This will help keep your blood flowing, which will help keep inflammation at bay. And the inflammation post-surgery is a lot of what causes the pain. The first couple of steps may be a bit painful, but if you keep going, the pain should ease up.

3. Stick to high-fiber foods

Defecating after hemorrhoid surgery will be a lot more comfortable if you've eaten high-fiber foods. Your feces should then be softer and easier to pass. Fruits and veggies are good sources of fiber -- eat the peel if possible, as it contains the most fiber. Beans, legumes, and whole grains are other good foods to focus on.

4. Take sitz baths often

Your doctor will probably send you home with a sitz bath, which is a little bath that sits over your toilet, allowing you to immerse your rear end and soak it without taking a full bath. You'll be instructed to take a sitz bath after each bowel movement. But you can and should take them more often than this. Take them every few hours, as the warm water will keep inflammation and discomfort at bay.

For more information, contact a company like Surgery Group SC today.