Hemorrhoid surgery is the removal of swollen veins around the anus.
See also: Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoid surgery is often done in an outpatient clinic or your doctor's office, with little or no anesthesia.
Hemorrhoids can be surgically removed using a special stapler or sutures (stiches). After the hemorrhoid is removed, you may have stitches that dissolve on their own and gauze packing to reduce bleeding.
Other treatments may include:
Smaller hemorrhoids may not need surgery.
Most small hemorrhoids can be managed with lifestyle changes and diet.
Your doctor may recommend hemorrhoid surgery if lifestyle and diet changes and medicines have not worked.
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