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Hemorrhoidectomy is a surgical removal of the hemorrhoidal veins. Now, this is naturally a more invasive procedure performed by surgeons. And so if one is concerned, what are the possible side effects? One should sit down with the surgeon. I'm sure they will be very happy to explain the ins and outs, as well as the possible adverse effects. In a very small number of cases, the anal sphincter may be compromised such that a patient may experience some seepage of stool or even anal incontinence. But mind you, that's in a very small number of cases, but one should be aware of that. And I would encourage you to, as always, prior to a surgical procedure, sit down with your surgeon such that they can perform an informed consent so they can give you the pros and the cons and what to expect, what's the appropriate recovery time given your medical history and background.

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Eugene Trowers, MD, MPH, FACP


  • Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in General Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology
  • Graduated from the New York University School of Medicine in 1976 and has been in practice for over 42 years 
  • Listed in Best Doctors in America, and The Best Doctors in America: Central Region

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