Hemorrhoid surgery can be done in your doctor’s office or a clinic. In most cases, you can go home the same day. The type of surgery you have may depend on your symptoms and the location and size of the hemorrhoid.
Before the surgery, your doctor will numb the area so you can stay awake, but not feel anything. For some types of surgery, you may be given general anesthesia. This means you will be given medicine in your vein that puts you to sleep during your surgery.
Hemorrhoid surgery may involve:
- Putting a small rubber band around a hemorrhoid to shrink it by blocking blood flow
- Stapling a hemorrhoid to block blood flow, causing it to shrink
- Using a knife (scalpel) to remove hemorrhoids. You may or may not have stitches.
Other methods include injections and use of infrared light, but these may be less effective.