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Old 12-29-2008, 10:01 AM   #16
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Re: My Recent PPH Surgery Experience

4½ years later and I am once again considering surgery. I must have lost my mind. Today has been awful after all the festive gluttony and forgetting to take my Pysllium has not helped. I am considering traditional hemorroidectomy. Anything must be better than having a constant ache and a constant need for a BM. These symptoms also disappear in the afternoon. I do not have IBS

 
Old 12-30-2008, 02:42 AM   #17
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Re: My Recent PPH Surgery Experience

Update:
I had my two week follow up yesterday. Everything seems pretty good.
The doctor said I have some slight swelling around the staple site, but everything felt good. He did a digital exam for this examination, b/c everything is still healing. When I go back in a month, he will use a scope to check it out.

I started taking straight Psyllium powder every night between 7:30 and 9:00 PM. This has made definitely made my mornings better. I now have to go 1-3 times in the morning depending, but the pain is barely there. There is a sense of urgency when I need to have a bowel movement approximately 30-60 minutes after I get up in the morning. When I go, it is fine. I stopped taking Colace (stool softener) b/c it didn't feel like it was helping me, but I hear it definitely works for a lot of people. When you have IBS, you have to experiment a littler, b/c there is nothing that is guaranteed to help. I heard there is a medicine that they can give people with IBS to help control the spasms, etc. I don't know what it is called though.

For those not happy with everything, is it possible to go see another doctor for their opinion?

 
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Old 01-24-2009, 08:53 AM   #18
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Here's my story if it helps anyone out:

I'm 42, in great health, very active, but started having "issues" with hemm's in my early 30's. They got progressively worse as I approached my late 30's to the point where I went to see a specialist. I had the traditional banding done at that time twice, with some improvement. Later, they came back in force and about 2 years ago I tried that technique again with no luck.

Last year I went back a third time and again did 2 more bandings with no positive gains again. (in fact for the first time ever they came back and I was unable to move them back inside-that was in Nov 08) This January my doctor suggested PPH.

After reading for hours on the traditional surgery, I decided to skip that horror and try this first. The surgery was set for the 14th of January 09.

The day before I was instructed to start drinking some stuff called go lightly (which you don't by any stretch of the imagination). You had to start at noon and drink 8 oz's every 10 minutes until the gallon was gone. That was NOT easy. But, I did it and was thoroughly cleaned out.

The next day I went in for the surgery. It took the techs there several attempts but finally they got the IV thing going. That sucked. My doctor came by and gave me the basics of what to expect. (he's a specialist's by the way here in Tucson, highly recommended) He was very cool and put me at ease. That's mostly all I remember until it was complete.

I woke up afterwords VERY thirsty and hungry and coughing like crazy. I felt horrible. I received some crackers and ice. Within an hour or so I was a little better. My brother came to pick me up and we headed home.

The car ride wasn't too bad, surprisingly my *** wasn't all that sore. I just felt kinda sick from the anesthesia I think. The surgery was at 11, and finished about 12. So it was around 3 i think when we got to his house. I slept till around 5 rather comfortably. I was again starving when I woke up and had a bunch of jello and even some boiled chicken. (I actually ate a lot the first couple of days) That night was mostly uneventful, I took a vicoden I was prescribed but the pain wasn't too bad at all.

The next day I went back to my own house and pretty early in the day had my first movement. It wasn't bad. (then again they've been pretty awful for a while with my several large hemm's blocking the doorway) I did feel pretty gassy most of that day and really for a week afterwards. I found pretty quick that I would need a pill after each one cause I felt pretty sore. I took long warm showers which helped a ton. (and still do) That became pretty much my daily routine for the next week, have a movement, take a pill and soak. Each day began to get slowly better. Less discomfort and eventually less pain medication.

I'm 10 days out now and I take maybe 1 vicaden a day. I still soak afterwards but the "throbbing" that was there from day one is much less prominent.

I've been doing long dog walks since around the 3rd day and plan on riding my bicycle today for the first time. I feel pretty good over-all and the roids that wouldn't go back in are in there and not coming out now when I go. If it can stay like this for even a year I would say this was a successful undertaking. The surgery wasn't too bad and so far things are better. I'll post an update soon.

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Old 01-24-2009, 09:41 AM   #19
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Re: My Recent PPH Surgery Experience

I am new to this site and wanted to post a new question ,can someone help to as to how I do this. I have Crohns and wanted to ask some questions.

 
Old 02-20-2009, 07:38 PM   #20
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Re: My Recent PPH Surgery Experience

I am scheduled for PPH surgery this coming Wed. I would take the time to try other methods but the company I work for is changing health providers and the new company will make having ANYTHING done out of the question financially-so.. I have agreed to this procedure. I thought the Dr. was planning laser surgery until he told me to watch a video about the procedure.
I guess my question is should I rush into this or do nothing.. I have grape size roids, that have not gone back in in years that bleed profusly even if I pass gas.. Any suggestions?

 
Old 02-20-2009, 10:48 PM   #21
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I would recommend it. I had the same problem for 5 or 6 years before my surgery in January. I feel MUCH better now. The PPH was really a breeze for me. I was really only uncomfortable for like 10 days before it started getting much better. At this point, I still have one of em partially visible but they don't cause me near the issues I had. My doctor told me I had a spectacular case of them so I'm not 100% suprised at the current results. He told me that it takes a full 2 months for the final effects to kick in, so it may get better still. If I can get even 6 months of this relief out of it I would say it was a success. Hopefully it will last much longer. Definitely, go this route first. Make sure it's a specialist though who performs the procedure. I saw a guy in Tucson AZ that has patients coming in from other states even. He was great! Good luck. And trust me, there's light at the end of the tunnel.


 
Old 02-21-2009, 03:35 AM   #22
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Re: My Recent PPH Surgery Experience

a few more questions.. which I didn't think to ask the Dr... I usually take care of my daughter's baby on my days off- she weighs about 17 lbs.. does anyone know how long it'll be before I can lift her up. I think I read somewhere that you shouldn't do any lifting.

Plus.. I don't usually take pain killers- I have had all of my colonoscopy's done while I'm awake-I'd rather deal with pain than mask it-ok-control issues... but is the recovery doable without pain killers?

 
Old 02-22-2009, 02:59 PM   #23
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I took some vicodin's for like the first 5 days or so. (The throbbing can get annoying after a few days) But, I'm not sure I would even call what I had as "pain". It was just a throbbing thing and movements were not that fun.

As for lifting, my doctor said I could do whatever I felt up to doing starting the following day. I never had any issues with anytying. I was biking and running again within about 9-10 days.

 
Old 02-23-2009, 05:59 AM   #24
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one more personal subject...sex..given the proximity...painful for a while?

 
Old 02-26-2009, 05:16 PM   #25
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I had the operation and although I hurt pretty bad right after it was over-by today the pain is almost the same as it was before...I guess I was always in a bit of pain. Going to the bathroom was an experience but other than that.. I'm ok- thanks for the support.

 
Old 05-15-2009, 09:40 AM   #26
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I just had my pph surgery last May 9 and today a week after surgery, there is still a feeling of being uncomfortable but it is a lot better knowing that my hemmorhoids are gone. I stayed in the hospital for 3 nights because i checked in the night before the surgery for some cardio tests. The next morning they put an IV on me and brought me to the operating room. Spinal anesthesia was administered and you will not feel anything during the whole process which took about 20 minutes. I was back in my room after 2 hours at the recovery room but the whole time i was awake. The difficult part after the surgery is removing the gauze that the doctor put in the rectum. He said it will just fall off when i bm but that was not true. I pulled it out myself but it was such a relief. The next day i took lactolose to soften my stool and it was such a relief doing it. Until now i still take the lactolose because i'm afraid of having very hard stools coming out of me and i'm still on soft diet. I recommend that you go on with your surgery. Don't wait for your hemmorhoids to get really painful which i experienced. i dreaded to go to the bathroom because it was too painful pushing the hemmorhoids back in. In no time i hope i will heal 100% . By the way, 4 days after surgery i was back at work taking with me a pillow. i started driving after 6 days. Hopefully i can play golf next week. Good luck and don't be scared. There are pain relievers anyway.

 
Old 05-15-2009, 10:49 PM   #27
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I had my surgery back in January and I'm still really good. I would HIGHLY recommend this procedure to anyone having distended internal hemorrhoids. Mine aren't gone but they're soooooo much better now. I don't know how long it's supposed to last, but I would do it again in a heartbeat.

 
Old 06-10-2009, 08:34 AM   #28
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I just had my pph surgery last May 9 and today a week after surgery, there is still a feeling of being uncomfortable but it is a lot better knowing that my hemmorhoids are gone. I stayed in the hospital for 3 nights because i checked in the night before the surgery for some cardio tests. The next morning they put an IV on me and brought me to the operating room. Spinal anesthesia was administered and you will not feel anything during the whole process which took about 20 minutes. I was back in my room after 2 hours at the recovery room but the whole time i was awake. The difficult part after the surgery is removing the gauze that the doctor put in the rectum. He said it will just fall off when i bm but that was not true. I pulled it out myself but it was such a relief. The next day i took lactolose to soften my stool and it was such a relief doing it. Until now i still take the lactolose because i'm afraid of having very hard stools coming out of me and i'm still on soft diet. I recommend that you go on with your surgery. Don't wait for your hemmorhoids to get really painful which i experienced. i dreaded to go to the bathroom because it was too painful pushing the hemmorhoids back in. In no time i hope i will heal 100% . By the way, 4 days after surgery i was back at work taking with me a pillow. i started driving after 6 days. Hopefully i can play golf next week. Good luck and don't be scared. There are pain relievers anyway.
It's been a month since i had my PPH surgery and my doctor said I am completely healed. I don't even have stage 1 hemmorhoids. I BM better and i don't take any medications now. Everytime i go to the toilet, i always thank God that I don't ever have to go through with what i have experienced before the surgery. I even joked my doctor that i hope i won't have to seen him in the near future. If you are suffering from stage 3 hemmorhoids, don't have second thoughts on having it removed. The only thing i suggest is that you should be confined in the hospital for at least 2 days so the nurses can take care of you better. I can't imagine myself going home after the surgery. i wonder how the others did that. Here in the Philippines, the nurses really take good care of patients like me. The sitz bath was such a relief. If you have stage 1 or 2 hemmorhoids, better let a surgeon take a look at it to see if you can have the laser treatment which is less painful and less expensive. If you have any questions re my pre and post operation do write me. By the way...i started playing golf again after 2 weeks and am regularly back to playing twice a week. Hopefully my handicap will improve!

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Old 08-23-2009, 01:59 PM   #29
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I wish I would have found this message board before I allowed my surgeon to sell me on PPH surgery in May 09. First off the recovery period was a lot longer and more severe than my surgeon sold me on and apparently there were complications that arose during the surgery I still don't understand from his explanation. Now it looks as if I likely have long-term misery from the surgery.
Before the surgery my bowels functioned fine and now they're a mess. In early July, almost two months after the surgery, I thought I was just about recovered, but by the middle of the month I started having lower abdominal cramps, a constant sensation to "go" whether I needed to or not and that spread into my urinary system with a constant burning sensation in my bladder area. I apparently still have staples the surgeon told me would be gone in "about a month" when I saw him three weeks after my surgery. The most recent visit two and a half months after the surgery I was once again told the staples should be gone in "about a month".
Because of the urinary system pain, I was just referred to a urology clinic where they plan to begin a series of diagnostic procedures. For now a thorough prostate exam is out of the picture because of the staples in the way. The nurse practitioner at the uro clinic said there is a possibility I may have complications from the PPH such as pelvic floor dysfunction. In other words, the PPH may have messed up the muscles in my pelvis to goodness knows what degree and duration.
Does anybody know how long the staples are supposed to stay "up there" and if they don't come out as they should are surgeons willing to take them out if needed? I have been far more miserable than I ever was before the surgery and frankly it's scary not knowing it this is ever going to get better. Now it looks as if I likely have long-term misery from the surgery.

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Old 08-24-2009, 12:49 AM   #30
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i wish i would have found this message board before i allowed my surgeon to sell me on pph surgery in may 09. First off the recovery period was a lot longer and more severe than my surgeon sold me on and apparently there were complications that arose during the surgery i still don't understand from his explanation. Now it looks as if i likely have long-term misery from the surgery.
Before the surgery my bowels functioned fine and now they're a mess. In early july, almost two months after the surgery, i thought i was just about recovered, but by the middle of the month i started having lower abdominal cramps, a constant sensation to "go" whether i needed to or not and that spread into my urinary system with a constant burning sensation in my bladder area. I apparently still have staples the surgeon told me would be gone in "about a month" when i saw him three weeks after my surgery. The most recent visit two and a half months after the surgery i was once again told the staples should be gone in "about a month".
Because of the urinary system pain, i was just referred to a urology clinic where they plan to begin a series of diagnostic procedures. For now a thorough prostate exam is out of the picture because of the staples in the way. The nurse practitioner at the uro clinic said there is a possibility i may have complications from the pph such as pelvic floor dysfunction. In other words, the pph may have messed up the muscles in my pelvis to goodness knows what degree and duration.
Does anybody know how long the staples are supposed to stay "up there" and if they don't come out as they should are surgeons willing to take them out if needed? I have been far more miserable than i ever was before the surgery and frankly it's scary not knowing it this is ever going to get better. Now it looks as if i likely have long-term misery from the surgery.
oh i feel so bad for you...it's not supposed to happen that way. My surgeon was really good. In a week's time i was up and about. He said the staples will be inside forever and will be covered by tissues so it won't be a problem. You won't even feel they are inside. You should ask him why this happened to you. Do you have any other ailment aside from hemorrhoids? I recently went on a holiday trip and for the first time in almost 15 years, i enjoyed walking and walking and walking...something that i never did when i had the hemorrhoids.

 
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