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Old 06-23-2009, 12:23 PM   #1
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A good hemorrhoidectomy

Oxymoron perhaps?

I think it's important to add a very positive story to the board.

Hi all, I'm 22, and I survived a hemorrhoidectomy. Admitting it is the first step.

I developed grade IIIs from a horrendous 2-year bout of Crohn's when I was 18. No one knew what was wrong with me, and let's face it, crapping just felt darn good for the intense muscle spasms I was having. Welcome to the beginning of my problem.

Over the next couple of years, the grade III would prolapse after every bm, but it would never hurt. Occasionally it would bleed, and sometimes it would come out if I was walking or something (but this happened maybe 3 times in a year). No bigs, I thought. Plus my Crohn's was under control, so I had no reason to worry.

So fast forward to right before my 22nd birthday. I'm working in a supermarket (literally one of my 10,000 jobs... if you've seen Gilmore Girls, I am Kirk) trying to save up money for an Ivy League (why hello there, big money) education. I'm constantly lifting cans, bottles, huuuuge packs of Poland Spring (seriously guys, keep your water packs in your cart and do not put them on the belt). My grade III became a RAGING grade III . It would prolapse and I'd have to wait for a lull to go fix myself up. It became horrendous. So after a couple of weeks of working this unforgiving job, I noticed that every time I went to the bathroom I was in extraordinary, excruciating pain. It would take me 8 hours to recover after a bm and I became a miserable, miserable person.

So off to the colon/rectal surgeon I went. I had a colonoscopy (again, no bigs) and the surgeon decided to perform a hem-dectomy on me. I was like, "okay, cool, do what you gotta do." I knew nothing about the procedure (she never explained anything: BLINDING RED FLAG), so I was nonchalant about everything, walking blindly through life, head in the clouds. I mean, snip, snip, I go home and I'm freeeee. Right?

Two days before the surgery I am Googling. And good God! I SIGNED UP FOR BARBARIC AND MEDIEVAL TORTURE. The stories I read, the long, slowwww recovery, and most importantly the regrets. I was ready to drop out of school. But I'm rational enough (most people take to the interweb with their problems, not their positives), so I called the surgeon and I said, "Hey, I've got a ton of questions, help me out here" and she basically said "...I can't dispute that and that or that, and oh, by the way, it's a shot in the dark surgery". THAT'S when I said, something doesn't seem right with this woman, I need a second opinion. And off I went...

Welcome to June 2009. I met with a new surgeon and he was informative, confident, and professional. He was awesome until he also told me I needed the hem-dectomy. Buuuuh. BUT he had a great attitude and he was clear, so I put my faith in him.

I had my surgery on June 18th, 2009. It was the best decision I have ever made. I am 6 days post-op and I no longer feel the pain I had before the surgery-- that alone made it worth it. I'd say I have an average tolerance for pain. It's by no means easy and most people do not understand the sensitivity of it, but it was not Apocalypse Now. The first couple of days are uncomfortable and painful, but you just have to follow the orders of the doctor. This is key. Don't skip your Metamucil because it tastes like crap, and don't try and try and try to have a bm. The problem is more so your mind than your body.

There have been few times in my life where I've said to myself, "God, Mariah Carey is a genius", but remembering her bathroom TV on MTV Cribs made me kick myself. Hence my only regret: I would have invested in a TV to go over the bathtub. Hot water is your friend after a surgery like this, so are stool softeners, Metamucil, apples, ice packs (ps, thanks ventcrew for that pointer, i used a bag of frozen peas!), pain pills, and mindless TV.

Yes, the first bm is not pleasant, but I found myself feeling faint more so from nerves and Percocet (which I believe are the devil's candy because they made me feel horrendous).

I suggest this surgery to those who are in pain, to those who feel they cannot lead a normal life. You don't want to constantly think about the toilet. Get a good SPECIALIST (I can't stress this enough because a general surgeon just doesn't understand nor does he have the practice...this procedure is more common than we think, and I'd rather have a guy who does 6 'dectomies or PPH surgeries a week) and a good attitude! Also, after reading back some of the "horrific posts" on the internet, a lot of them seem to be coming from England (keep these factors in mind when getting freaked out).

I recommend my surgeon to anyone. I am on day 6 and I went back for summer classes today.

 
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Old 06-23-2009, 12:48 PM   #2
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Re: A good hemorrhoidectomy

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Oxymoron perhaps?

I think it's important to add a very positive story to the board.

Hi all, I'm 22, and I survived a hemorrhoidectomy. Admitting it is the first step.

I developed grade IIIs from a horrendous 2-year bout of Crohn's when I was 18. No one knew what was wrong with me, and let's face it, crapping just felt darn good for the intense muscle spasms I was having. Welcome to the beginning of my problem.

Over the next couple of years, the grade III would prolapse after every bm, but it would never hurt. Occasionally it would bleed, and sometimes it would come out if I was walking or something (but this happened maybe 3 times in a year). No bigs, I thought. Plus my Crohn's was under control, so I had no reason to worry.

So fast forward to right before my 22nd birthday. I'm working in a supermarket (literally one of my 10,000 jobs... if you've seen Gilmore Girls, I am Kirk) trying to save up money for an Ivy League (why hello there, big money) education. I'm constantly lifting cans, bottles, huuuuge packs of Poland Spring (seriously guys, keep your water packs in your cart and do not put them on the belt). My grade III became a RAGING grade III . It would prolapse and I'd have to wait for a lull to go fix myself up. It became horrendous. So after a couple of weeks of working this unforgiving job, I noticed that every time I went to the bathroom I was in extraordinary, excruciating pain. It would take me 8 hours to recover after a bm and I became a miserable, miserable person.

So off to the colon/rectal surgeon I went. I had a colonoscopy (again, no bigs) and the surgeon decided to perform a hem-dectomy on me. I was like, "okay, cool, do what you gotta do." I knew nothing about the procedure (she never explained anything: BLINDING RED FLAG), so I was nonchalant about everything, walking blindly through life, head in the clouds. I mean, snip, snip, I go home and I'm freeeee. Right?

Two days before the surgery I am Googling. And good God! I SIGNED UP FOR BARBARIC AND MEDIEVAL TORTURE. The stories I read, the long, slowwww recovery, and most importantly the regrets. I was ready to drop out of school. But I'm rational enough (most people take to the interweb with their problems, not their positives), so I called the surgeon and I said, "Hey, I've got a ton of questions, help me out here" and she basically said "...I can't dispute that and that or that, and oh, by the way, it's a shot in the dark surgery". THAT'S when I said, something doesn't seem right with this woman, I need a second opinion. And off I went...

Welcome to June 2009. I met with a new surgeon and he was informative, confident, and professional. He was awesome until he also told me I needed the hem-dectomy. Buuuuh. BUT he had a great attitude and he was clear, so I put my faith in him.

I had my surgery on June 18th, 2009. It was the best decision I have ever made. I am 6 days post-op and I no longer feel the pain I had before the surgery-- that alone made it worth it. I'd say I have an average tolerance for pain. It's by no means easy and most people do not understand the sensitivity of it, but it was not Apocalypse Now. The first couple of days are uncomfortable and painful, but you just have to follow the orders of the doctor. This is key. Don't skip your Metamucil because it tastes like crap, and don't try and try and try to have a bm. The problem is more so your mind than your body.

There have been few times in my life where I've said to myself, "God, Mariah Carey is a genius", but remembering her bathroom TV on MTV Cribs made me kick myself. Hence my only regret: I would have invested in a TV to go over the bathtub. Hot water is your friend after a surgery like this, so are stool softeners, Metamucil, apples, ice packs (ps, thanks ventcrew for that pointer, i used a bag of frozen peas!), pain pills, and mindless TV.

Yes, the first bm is not pleasant, but I found myself feeling faint more so from nerves and Percocet (which I believe are the devil's candy because they made me feel horrendous).

I suggest this surgery to those who are in pain, to those who feel they cannot lead a normal life. You don't want to constantly think about the toilet. Get a good SPECIALIST (I can't stress this enough because a general surgeon just doesn't understand nor does he have the practice...this procedure is more common than we think, and I'd rather have a guy who does 6 'dectomies or PPH surgeries a week) and a good attitude! Also, after reading back some of the "horrific posts" on the internet, a lot of them seem to be coming from England (keep these factors in mind when getting freaked out).

I recommend my surgeon to anyone. I am on day 6 and I went back for summer classes today.
Hello glad to hear you had a positive outcome. Can you tell me did you have a traditional hemorrhoidectomy? External, and or internal?? 1, 2 or all 3 areas?? Did they use a lazer or scalpel, sutures? All help would be appreciated--In a bad situation and need to make a decision. Thank you!!!

 
Old 06-23-2009, 12:56 PM   #3
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Re: A good hemorrhoidectomy

Um, hello...where do you live and what doctor?

You are a lot younger than me and I'm so sorry to hear of your awful story, but am so glad to hear about where you are now.

I can't believe after 6 days, you are back to normal. I saw a colon/rectal surgeon, who are the specialists? Gastroenterologists? I have a second doc I'm going to see, but he is also a colon/rectal surgeon, and again, not until the 29th.

I feel like hell before, during and after my bm's and can be in pain for the entire day.... and this is 2.5 weeks post surgery. I just feel like something else is going on, like I have internal hemorrhoids that she never even looked at or addressed. No, I don't want stapling or anything else horrendous, but tell me I have them, so we can do some sort of treatment now.

Anyway, I'm just venting. Thank you for your positive story. I selfishisly wish it was me.

 
Old 06-23-2009, 01:59 PM   #4
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Re: A good hemorrhoidectomy

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Hello glad to hear you had a positive outcome. Can you tell me did you have a traditional hemorrhoidectomy? External, and or internal?? 1, 2 or all 3 areas?? Did they use a lazer or scalpel, sutures? All help would be appreciated--In a bad situation and need to make a decision. Thank you!!!
I did have the traditional hemorrhoidectomy. All were internal, no externals. 2 areas were affected. My surgeon used scalpel, he said it didn't really make a difference and I trusted him on that. I have dissolvable stitches, he also told me that it was better to close things up, so trusted him on that as well. He's a great, great surgeon, I can't sing his praises enough. If you have anymore questions feel free to ask, this was such a pleasant surprise, no joke!

 
Old 06-23-2009, 02:07 PM   #5
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Um, hello...where do you live and what doctor?

You are a lot younger than me and I'm so sorry to hear of your awful story, but am so glad to hear about where you are now.

I can't believe after 6 days, you are back to normal. I saw a colon/rectal surgeon, who are the specialists? Gastroenterologists? I have a second doc I'm going to see, but he is also a colon/rectal surgeon, and again, not until the 29th.

I feel like hell before, during and after my bm's and can be in pain for the entire day.... and this is 2.5 weeks post surgery. I just feel like something else is going on, like I have internal hemorrhoids that she never even looked at or addressed. No, I don't want stapling or anything else horrendous, but tell me I have them, so we can do some sort of treatment now.

Anyway, I'm just venting. Thank you for your positive story. I selfishisly wish it was me.
I'm just in little ol' New Jersey, haha. I'm not 100% back to normal, but I would say I'm reaching that 85% mark, which is shocking to me, I'm usually such a pessimistic person. I feel a little pressure still because the stitches haven't dissolved yet, but no big deal in the grand scheme of things! In terms of specialists I do mean a colon/rectal surgeon-- and that is ALL he/she does. However, I do see a gastro because I have Crohn's (btw, if it's any consolation, people with Crohn's don't heal up so well and they were worried about that, but I'm fine) and he was well versed in the hem surgery, so it couldn't hurt.

Second opinions never hurt, and in some cases make all the difference. Did you have an external initially removed? It's possible that your surgeon had no idea about your internals (I had a colonoscopy in order to demonstrate ALL that was going on and that might have been the missing piece in your puzzle). The surgeon could have irritated those while removing your other. It could also be a hyper-trophied anal papilla, but I'm sure your new doctor will be able to tell you. I wish you good luck!

 
Old 06-23-2009, 02:40 PM   #6
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I had an internal hemm banded and from there everything went down hill. I now, 14 days later have grade 4 thrombus and necrotic prolapsed hemm in all 3 cushions. I finally, after many, did find a surgeon that has great ratings and I feel good knowledge on the pph. He saw me yesterday and told me to come back thursday. He said I had a very bad case and felt pph was a good option for me. I think he is waiting for them to go down in size because I read you can't do pph if they are too large. He also told me that there is only 1 other surgeon in my area that has done more pph procedures than him and he was 2nd. My concern is mostly pain due to the fact that I have been in constant pain for 14 days and final outcome. Thought it would be best to go all the way with the traditional but maybe this pph would be enough. Reading many horror stories but I know everyone is different and I feel I am healthy and strong and could heal rapidly. I just want this over. Thanks for the info and letting me vent! Glad you did so well.

 
Old 06-24-2009, 08:58 PM   #7
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So it's officially day seven now. Just thought I would update with my progress because I know a lot of you are deciding between different surgeries and whatnot.

COMPLETELY off medication now. I actually only take tylenol because my entire body is kinda sore from lying around and not moving for the first couple of days. Apparently this is very common, so I'm sure it will go away.

I've been running around all day, going from class to class. I also had two bowel movements- one in the morning, one at night. I throb for maybe five minutes after (so I hop in the tub for literally 5 minutes) and then I'm good to go. There really is no pain, just a little pressure. Also no stenosis! Yay for that!

I'm really very pleasantly surprised so far. I was told that having Crohn's disease made me a worse-off patient because people with Crohn's just don't heal as well, but my body is doing just fine.

Oh! and for the woman who has the hyper-trophied anal papilla, I had one, I know all about them and I had it removed. I believe it can ONLY be removed with a hem-dectomy because PPH won't fix it-- it's a little different from a traditional hemorrhoid, though the hem-dectomy IS used to remove them. Check with your doc to make sure about that.

I'm still on stool softeners because I would be insane to go off those 7 days post-op.

I'm so, so glad I had this done, I wish I had done it sooner.

 
Old 06-24-2009, 09:26 PM   #8
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So glad to hear!!!! It is very nice of you to share so we all have a true account for what goes on. I think I have decided to go and have the traditional. I just want it over with. I can't imagine having to do this again!! Thank you again for all the posts!!!

 
Old 06-26-2009, 11:03 AM   #9
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Day 9!

Yesterday was the one-week anniversary of my procedure. I can't believe how far I've come. Internally I am all regulated again. I go once or twice a day and I can control my stools. I actually stopped taking Metamucil on day 4/5 because I was choking on it, literally. I guess I didn't take it with enough water or something, but I couldn't swallow for about 27 hours and that was a bit scary. This may have something to do with my allergy to fruit skins (they contain fiber... innnnneresting).

I go for my follow-up on Monday. I'd say I'm 90% healed by now. If I'm 100% by next month or August, I'll be happy and this will have been more than worth it.

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Day 9!

Yesterday was the one-week anniversary of my procedure. I can't believe how far I've come. Internally I am all regulated again. I go once or twice a day and I can control my stools. I actually stopped taking Metamucil on day 4/5 because I was choking on it, literally. I guess I didn't take it with enough water or something, but I couldn't swallow for about 27 hours and that was a bit scary. This may have something to do with my allergy to fruit skins (they contain fiber... innnnneresting).

I go for my follow-up on Monday. I'd say I'm 90% healed by now. If I'm 100% by next month or August, I'll be happy and this will have been more than worth it.
Glad to hear it!!! Thank you for keeping us updated!!

 
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