Introduction: We report the early results of 30 patients treated by stapled hemorrhoidectomy. Patients and Methods: Thirty patients with symptomatic grade 2-4 hemorrhoids were treated by stapled hemorrhoidectomy. The procedure was performed with a 33 mm diameter automatic hemorrhoidal circular stapler. The patients were prospectively evaluated for immediate and functional recovery, postoperative pain and subjective success of the treatment. Results: The median age of the patients was 46.2 years, and the median duration of the symptoms was 27 months. The main symptom was bleeding (in 96% of the patients). The average operative time was 22 minutes. The operation was performed with spinal (63.3%) or general (36.7%) anesthesia. There was no mortality, urinary retention, incontinence, fecal urgency or persistent pain. One patient, who was under anticoagulant treatment, had postoperative bleeding, which required transfusion of 3 units of blood, and another patient was operated on because of perforation of the sigmoid colon. Most patients (twenty eight) had complete functional recovery and returned to their usual daily activities within 10.4 days. Postoperative pain and subjective success were evaluated by a 1 to 10 scale. The average pain score decreased from 5.8 on the first postoperative day to 2.4 on the 7th postoperative day. The average satisfactory score was 9.2. Conclusion: Stapled hemorrhoidectomy is an alternative to conventional surgical hemorrhoidectomy. The procedure seems to be associated with less postoperative pain and early recovery with a high satisfaction rate among patients.
|State||Published - 1 Oct 2003|
- Stapled hemorrhoidectomy