How Long Does It Take Hemorrhoids to Heal

How long does it take hemorrhoids to heal? If you are asking this question, you are certainly not the first person to do so - and you won't be the last. This question comes up often, as hemorrhoids truly are a real pain in the butt.

If you are fortunate, you only have a mild case of hemorrhoids. You are probably treating your hemorrhoids by taking sitz baths several times a day for 15 minutes at a pop, using ice packs on the affected area, dabbing the hemorrhoids with witch hazel and, perhaps, using over-the-counter hemorrhoid creams. Your recovery from hemorrhoids should be complete within a few days. However, make sure that you contact your physician if you are still have hemorrhoids or are still using hemorrhoid creams for more than a week. Hemorrhoid creams used for longer periods of time can have irritating side effects.

If your hemorrhoids are more persistent and painful, your doctor may recommend minimally invasive medical procedure. The most common type of minimally invasive treatment is rubber band ligation, where your physician "rubber bands" off the hemorrhoids, cutting off their blood circulation. This will cause the hemorrhoids to die and fall off. It usually takes about seven to ten days for this to happen.

For more severe hemorrhoids, your doctor may recommend surgery, either a hemorrhoidectomy, where your hemorrhoids are removed, or stapling, also called a stapled hemorrhoidectomy, where the staple stops the blood flow to your hemorrhoids. You can expect to be fully recovered from a hemorrhoidectomy in about three weeks. Recovery time for a stapled hemorrhoidectomy is quicker than the time it takes to heal from a traditional a hemorrhoidectomy.

Keep in mind that once you get hemorrhoids, you may get them again. If it's any consolation, about half of us have had hemorrhoids by the time that we reach 50 years old. 

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