For a few days, you may have discomfort at the anus and difficulty controlling the passage of gas and bowel movements. When you return home after the procedure, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
- Do not strain, bear down, or hold your breath during a bowel movement.
- Do not sit on the toilet for long periods of time.
- To prevent constipation and straining during bowel movements, use a stool softener, exercise, drink plenty of fluids, and eat plenty of high-fiber foods.(such as fruits, vegetables , beans, and whole grains)
- Apply creams or ointments as directed by your doctor.
- Avoid heavy lifting for 1 week.
- Expect some bleeding after the procedure and when the hemorrhoid falls off.
- See your doctor for a follow-up.
Complications are rare. If you are planning to have hemorrhoid banding, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Recurrence of hemorrhoids
- Swelling and pain from remaining hemorrhoids
- Adverse reaction to the local anesthetic (if used)