PILES TREATMENT: AFTER CARE
Pain, itching, and even light bleeding and clear discharge are common after piles surgery. Painkillers and other medications may be prescribed to help ease symptoms and discomfort. Additionally, complications can be reduced by following these do’s and don’ts following the treatment:
- Do rest as much as possible. A week off work is normally advised.
- Do stay active while recuperating with light exercises such as walking, yoga and kegel exercises.
- Do keep the treated area clean and dry, especially after bowel movements and showers.
- Do wear loose and soft cotton underwear to keep the area aerated and prevent moisture build-up.
- Do follow the doctor’s post-operative instructions for diet and lifestyle changes, and follow-ups.
- Don’t scratch or repetitively touch the treated region. This can damage and irritate the skin.
- Don’t engage in straining and strenuous activities such as heavy lifting or pulling.
- Don’t delay bowel movements. Doing so leads to constipation and more straining.
- Don’t sit for long periods, whether on the floor, chair or toilet seat, as this strains the treated area.
- Don’t overuse stool softeners, enemas and laxatives.
Medications, such as painkillers, may be taken to help alleviate pain and discomfort. Prescription drugs like antibiotics should only be taken as advised by the physician.
YOU CAN AID IN YOUR OWN RECOVERY BY:
- Staying hydrated by drinking eight to 10 glasses of water per day
- Adopting a high-fibre diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- Using a stool softener so you won’t have to strain during bowel movements
- Using over-the-counter or prescribed creams, wipes and pads to relieve pain and itchiness
- Applying ice packs over the area occasionally to reduce pain and swelling
- Soaking the treated area in warm water or sitz baths for 15 minutes 2-3 times per day, especially after bowel movements
- Keeping the anal area clean using fragrance-free and non-alcohol wipes and moist towelettes instead of dry toilet paper
- Sitting on well-cushioned seats and avoiding hard surfaces
Although individual recovery times vary, many people can expect to make a full recovery within about 10 to 14 days. Follow-up appointments with the piles surgeon is also crucial in the recovery period after haemorrhoids surgery. This is when the doctor can ensure that the wound is healing properly, and address any post-operative complications (such as fever and infections) that arise.