Tips for Quick Recovery after Undergoing Piles Surgery

by Shaun Damon

Piles or hemorrhoids is a painful condition caused by the swelling of the veins in the colon or the rectum. This swelling causes discomfort while sitting and passing stools and is sometimes accompanied with bleeding too. It is often caused by chronic constipation, anal infections and from sitting for long periods of time.

This condition tends to be chronic and can be remedied with lifestyle changes like a better diet and regular exercise. In acute cases where clots form, piles surgery is recommended. Doctors can recommend different types of piles surgeries, each requiring a different duration of post operative care.

Hemorrhoidectomy is the most common piles surgery in which the doctor ties up and cuts off the unresponsive hemorrhoid. Other types of surgeries include stapled surgery, laser surgery, harmonic scalpel surgery and atomizing surgery. The normal piles surgery recovery time is about two weeks, provided you follow the recommended post piles surgery care properly. Self care and a little attention to detail can considerably improve your piles surgery recovery time. In some cases, it could take up to six weeks to recover completely from a piles surgery.

A piles post surgery care program includes adequate rest, eating correctly, drinking plenty of water, and ensuring proper care and medication. Remember to lie in bed for long stretches of time after surgery. Set an alarm and get up to take a short walk. Avoid aggravating your colon muscles. Don’t lift anything heavy for a few months after the surgery. Even after the surgery, you need to take care and make lifestyle changes in order to avoid a recurrence of the problem.

Your diet after a piles surgery makes all the difference as a good diet will help you to heal faster while an unhealthy diet can increase your risk of complications. Immediately, after the surgery, you are advised to eat cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and brown bread. Slowly move to a diet that is high in roughage. Look for fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals. You could slowly incorporate green vegetables like beans, celery and cabbage in your diet. Fruits like pears, berries, melons, oranges and bananas can also be included in your diet. It will help if you include legumes in your diet, especially legumes like lentils, split pea, and beans. These legumes contain fiber and vitamin B, and help to soften your stools. Whole grain alternatives in bread and rice will help increase your fiber content. Choose wild rice, brown rice, bulgur, buckwheat or oatmeal over instant rice or white bread. You can also drink herbal teas and diluted fruit juices. Remember to eat on time and do not skip meals. It is also important to avoid processed and refined foods which would include chocolate, coffee, and carbonated drinks.

Reference:
  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001337/

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