Should I get a hemorroidectamy if I don't experience pain?
Hi I am 30 years old (obviously) and I am booked into get surgery to remove my external hemorroids in 6 days time. The thing is I am wondering if I should go through with it?
I developed heamorroids when I was constipated for about a month when I was given pain meds every 4 hours for DVT's (undiagnosed).
So this was 5 years ago now. The hemorroids were diagnosed at first as an anal fissue. Then when I went to see a specialist he said it wasn't and they weren't very bad at all and would go away themselves. 3 years later I had a daughter and they 'flared up' again. So I booked into see someone else and it took about a year to get in (Public system Australia). They are saying they are grade 4 and I need surgery (that was another 8 month wait). So now the 'flare up' with my last pregnancy was nearly two years ago! It depends on when the surgen looks at them, but I can't control that because the waits are soooo long!
I'm not in pain from my hemorroids unless I eat crap/too much alcohol and get constipated (maybe once every three months) and then they do get a bit sore and i see a small dot of blood on the toilet paper. There is never enough blood to drip or anything, it is TINY. The pain I get on these rare occasions is SO mild, it doesn't prevent me from doing anything even excersize or driving. Also I am confident that if I keep to a good diet this never happens.
The main reason to get this hemorroidectamy is for cosmetic purposes. I am embarressed about how it looks to my partner of 10 years and I would like to feel sexy again. The other reason is to stop that tiny bit of blood (4 months ago was the last time this happened, and I was at the beach! Very inconvienient). But that is less important as it happens so infrequently.
It sounds like the surgery can be very painful, but does anyone know of any long term disadvantages? I am prepared to put up with the pain for a few weeks to get my anus looking nice again, but what if it ends up looking worse? Sitting here I can feel that I have hemorroids, I am aware of them, but they do not hurt. It would be nice to feel nothing there like before I got them. Is this what you end up feeling after you have recovered from the surgery?
I do want to get rid of them, but not sure about the pro's and con's when they are not painful!