What is hemorrhoid surgery?1
Hemorrhoids, commonly called piles, are lumps that occur inside and around the anus. They are
usually caused by straining when going to the toilet because of constipation, and sometimes
occur during pregnancy or labour.
Hemorrhoid surgery is an operation to remove severe hemorrhoids. It’s usually performed in
hospital as a day procedure under general anaesthetic (you’ll be ‘put to sleep’). The surgery is
simple and safe, but recovery can take weeks and be painful.2
Hemorrhoids often don’t require surgery. They can be treated with medicines or nonsurgical
procedures. They may also be avoided by eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, drinking enough
water, and getting regular exercise.
Hemmorhoid surgery is usually performed by a gastroenterologist.
The medical term for hemorrhoid surgery is hemorrhoidectomy.
Note: The proper spelling of ‘hemorrhoid’ is actually
We have used ‘hemorrhoid’ here because it’s the more commonly used spelling.