You may feel mild to moderate pain, a dull ache, or essentially nothing for the first 36 to 48 hours. A sense of urgency to have a bowel movement is normal after these treatments. If discomfort is mild, take over-the-counter medications such as Diclofenac or Ibuprofen. Do not take aspirin or products containing aspirin because they promote bleeding and gastric ulcers. If your pain is more severe, you will be given a prescription for pain medicine. Taking warm baths for 15 to 20 minutes will help relieve your discomfort. Generally it takes two to four treatments three to six weeks apart to get rid of all the prolapsing internal haemorrhoids. Usually only one area, or occasionally two, is treated at a time. Remember that bleeding and prolapse will probably persist until all the haemorrhoids and prolapsing tissue have been treated.
After your treatment, it is important to keep your bowel movements soft and regular. Eat foods high in fibre and drink lots of water (6-8 glasses a day). Continue the fibre supplement recommended by your doctor. Caffeine contributes to constipation so limit your consumption of coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate.
You may continue your normal physical activities. You will be able to drive your car immediately, walk up stairs, and do normal exercise.
Call the doctor if you have any of the following problems
If your own doctor is unavailable, the doctor on call is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. After hours, call any of our offices and the answering service will locate one of our doctors on call. In an emergency try to contact us for advice before you go to the hospital. A telephone call may save you a lot of time, discomfort and expense.