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Haemorrhoidectomy (Piles Removal)

  • What is a haemorrhoidectomy (piles removal)?

    A haemorrhoidectomy is a procedure to remove haemorrhoids (also known as piles). Haemorrhoids or piles are enlarged, congested blood vessels, just under the surface of your anus (the opening of your bowel). This can cause discomfort, pain and bleeding, especially when the blood vessels protrude out of the anus, or if a blood clot forms inside a pile.


    Risk factors for haemorrhoids

    Haemorrhoids are present in everyone, but they are only considered abnormal when the haemorrhoidal vessels bleed or become enlarged.

    In Singapore, 1 in 3 people suffer from haemorrhoids. It is especially common in those over the age of 40 and during pregnancy.

    Risk factors that contribute to the development of haemorrhoids include:

    • Sedentary lifestyle
    • Low-fibre diet or an excessively high-fibre diet
    • Poor toilet habits such as overstraining or sitting on the toilet bowl for long periods of time, which places increasing pressure on the haemorrhoids
    • Obesity
    • Family history

    Surgery to remove haemorrhoids can be performed using different methods. This may involve cutting the haemorrhoids off with an electric blade, or stapling or sealing them off with a laser beam or an infrared light. Your surgeon will recommend method best suited for your condition.

  • The treatment of haemorrhoids depends on the type and severity of the condition. In the early stages, medication and local treatment options such as rubber band ligation can help to relieve symptoms. Such measures may not be sufficient if the haemorrhoids have grown too large or painful.

    Surgery can remove the haemorrhoids that are causing your symptoms and provide long term relief especially when medications and lifestyle changes have failed to address the symptoms adequately.

    Before deciding on any procedure to treat your haemorrhoids, it would be advisable to discuss with your surgeon about the side effects, complications and long-term results.

  • A haemorrhoidectomy is commonly performed under general anaesthesia. Your doctor will then cut away the haemorrhoids and you may need stitches afterward. It is usually an out-patient procedure which means you can return home on the same day. Recovery usually takes around two weeks.

    Post-surgery pain is normal and your doctor may also advise you on pain relief medication. You may find it difficult to pass urine or during bowel movement. Stool softeners and consuming more fibre in your daily diet may help to ease bowel movement.

  • Our team of experienced surgeons are well-trained in performing procedures such as haemorrhoidectomy.

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  • To help patients make informed decisions, Mount Elizabeth Hospitals provide price transparency through its Price Guarantee Procedures. This price guarantee ensures you know the full costs of your procedure upfront without needing to worry about hidden costs.

    We also accept bill financing from both local and international private hospitalisation insurance and MediSave-approved insurance known as Integrated Shield Plans. If you have an Integrated Shield Plan, you may not have to incur any out-of-pocket expenses for your hospital stay.

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