Recovering from Hemorrhoid Treatment
While hemorrhoids are a common problem, this doesn’t make them any less problematic for patients who experience pain and discomfort caused by their hemorrhoids.
Fortunately, procedures are available to shrink and kill the hemorrhoid, like infrared coagulation (IRC). IRC uses infrared light to cut off the blood supply to your hemorrhoids so that they shrink. The procedure is quick and safe with a minimal recovery period.
After your hemorrhoid treatment, the specialists at Premier Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville offer a few post-procedure guidelines to support the healing process and prevent the recurrence of hemorrhoids. Here’s what you need to know about recovering from hemorrhoid removal.
You’ll Need to Follow Proper Toilet Habits
Promptly go to the toilet as soon as you feel like you need to have a bowel movement. When using the toilet, don’t strain, hold your breath, or bear down, and avoid staying on the toilet for an extended period. If you feel like you need to go, but can’t, try revisiting the toilet later.
Make Permanent Lifestyle Changes
Follow a diet that includes plenty of fluids and high-fiber foods, like vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and beans. Drink between 10 and 14 glasses of water a day to prevent constipation, following the higher end of this guideline if you’re currently experiencing constipation.
Throughout the day, avoid sitting for more than two hours at a time and integrate exercise into your day. Exercise in general can encourage regular trips to the toilet.
Utilize a Sitz Bath
A sitz bath is a valuable tool for alleviating discomfort after hemorrhoid removal and keeping the area clean. You should fill the sitz bath with warm water and use it for 15 minutes, twice a day, and after a bowel movement.
The Treatment Site Needs Gentle Care
Avoid wiping or vigorously rubbing the rectal area, as this can cause pain and irritation. Make sure that you keep the region clean and dry, patting gently as needed to remove excess moisture.
Promptly Treat Any Symptoms
If your hemorrhoids reappear, use a hemorrhoid cream as soon as you experience symptoms. This will help the hemorrhoids go away and reduce problematic symptoms like pain and bleeding.
Get Help for Your Hemorrhoids
To discuss options for hemorrhoid treatment, contact Premier Surgical Hemorrhoid Treatment Center in Knoxville, TN. We are proud to be the only dedicated Hemorrhoid Center in the South East. Book an appointment ONLINE or call our confidential HEMORRHOID HOTLINE at (865) 588-9952.