Haemorrhoidectomy / Excision of Anal Fissure

Please note- Within 24 hours of your Operation You Should Not:

  • Drive a car or take public transport unaccompanied.
  • Operate Machinery or Consume alcohol
  • Sign any legal documents or make any responsible decisions.


  • Note that sleeping can be difficult because of your surgery; you are advised to take pain medication at bedtime.
  • It is helpful also to take a stool softener such as Coloxyl, Lactulose, or Movicol.
  • Take your normal medications unless otherwise instructed.


  • There are no real restrictions in what you eat but do not be surprised to find that your appetite is limited at first or that you may feel bloated after meals, this should become less of a problem as you become more active.
  • Maintain a normal diet with small regular meals
  • Some pain relief medications and lack of gentle exercise may cause constipation
  • Continue to drink plenty of water and include fibre in your diet

Rest / Activity

  • It is important to rest after surgery. However you can do gentle exercise such as walking.
  • NO SPORT, STRETCHING, HEAVY LIFTING OR STRENUOUS ACTIVITY for at least 4- 6 weeks after your operation.
  • Consult with your surgeon at your post-operative appointment as to when you can resume work and recommence sporting activities.

Specific Instructions/ Precautions

  • You will find that you pass what feels like a big clot. This is a Spongostat dressing and there is nothing to worry about. However if you have excessive continuous bleeding then do call our rooms.
  • Continue having salt baths twice a day for the following 5 days or after every bowel action.
  • You may need to wear a pad for a few days if there is any bleeding.
  • Prolonged constipation is normal after haemorrhoid surgery.

On-going Care:

  • Attend your post-operative appointment that will be made for you prior to discharge.
  • If you do not have a post-operative appointment booked prior to discharge please call our Rooms on 9210 7278 to arrange one.
  • Please call our rooms if any of the following occur:
    • Excessive bleeding (a small amount of bleeding is normal and expected).
    • Excessive pain not relieved by prescribed analgesia and regular sitz bath.
    • If after-hours call your GP or for urgent matters after-hours present to the Emergency Department & notify our rooms during business hours on the following business day.

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