Stapled hemorrhoidopexy, also known as stapled hemorrhoidectomy, is surgery that uses a stapling device to remove hemorrhoidal tissue. Doctors recommend this procedure for patients whose hemorrhoids have prolapsed or become abnormally large, or for patients who have shown little or no improvement with nonsurgical treatment.
This hemorrhoid surgery requires no external incision. Instead, hemorrhoidal tissue is lifted into a ring of tissues with sutures and a stapler removes the hemorrhoids, effectively cutting off blood flow to the tissue. Patients who have stapled hemorrhoidopexy performed typically experience less pain that those who undergo traditional hemorrhoid surgery. They may also experience less bleeding, swelling, and itching around the anus and inside the rectum. Additionally, stapled hemorrhoidopexy may reduce the chance of incontinence after the procedure.
After the surgery, your doctor may prescribe pain medication to relieve discomfort and may recommend that you take frequent sitz baths, which involve sitting in a shallow bath of warm water for about 15 to 20 minutes to help keep the area clean and increase its blood flow. Complete recovery from stapled hemorrhoidopexy usually takes about two weeks.
After the surgery, patients can help prevent hemorrhoid recurrence by adopting the following diet and lifestyle changes:
- Drinking more water
- Consuming a high-fiber diet
- Exercising frequently
- Avoiding long periods of sitting
If you have enlarged hemorrhoids and want to know if stapled hemorrhoidopexy is right for you, the team of gastrointestinal medical professionals at Tampa General Hospital’s Endoscopy Center can help. Our expertise in providing screening, diagnostic, and treatment measures such as stapled hemorrhoidopexy has helped Tampa General Hospital be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's best hospitals and highest ranked in Florida for Gastroenterology & GI Surgery.
To find a gastroenterologist and to seek hemorrhoid treatment at TGH, use our Physician Finder or call 1-800-833-3627.