Recovery Rate of Piles - How Long Do Piles Last?

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Aman Priya Khanna
Written by Rajath R Prabhu, last updated on 12 December 2023
Recovery Rate of Piles - How Long Do Piles Last?

Types of Haemorrhoids-

1. External Haemorrhoidal Veins are swollen under the skin around the anus. It can be itchy and painful.

2. Internal Haemorrhoids

Veins are swollen inside the rectum. These haemorrhoids may bleed, but they are not painful.

3. Prolapsed- These are present both internally and externally. These haemorrhoids can stretch and bulge outside the anus. They may bleed and be painful.


Treatment -

  1. Drugs for piles include over-the-counter medications like topical pain relievers- acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin.
  2. The minimally invasive procedure includes - Rubber band ligation, which involves tying the bottom of haemorrhoids with a rubber band to halt the blood flow to haemorrhoids.
  3. Sclerotherapy involves injecting chemical solutions containing zinc, chloride, and quinine into the area around each haemorrhoid. 
  4. Electrotherapy is a procedure in which electric current is applied to destroy small piles which cannot be treated with banding.
  5. Coagulation techniques burst light which causes coagulation leading to shrinkage of haemorrhoids.
  6. Surgical procedures include the removal of excessive tissue that causes bleeding haemorrhoid stapling.
  7. High fibre diet and Sitz bath help in comforting the piles.
  8.   The minimally invasive procedure includes - Rubber band ligation, which involves tying the bottom of haemorrhoids with a rubber band to halt the blood flow to haemorrhoids.
  9. Sclerotherapy involves injecting chemical solutions containing zinc, chloride, and quinine into the area around each haemorrhoid. 


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Recovery Rates of Piles

  1. Small haemorrhoids resolve without any treatment within a few days.
  2. Patients may feel better at the end of the first week after the surgery.
  3. Haemorrhoids during pregnancy may last until you give birth.
  4. Prolapsed haemorrhoids take much time to heal.
  5. Recovery from haemorrhoid surgery or treatment lasts from one to six weeks.
  6. After the surgical treatment for haemorrhoids, the patient can expect pain or discomfort for one to four weeks after the procedure.
  7. Patients may be able to begin normal activities within two to three weeks.
  8. Leakage of small amounts of stools for the short term after surgical removal of internal or external haemorrhoids may resolve during the recovery period.
  9. An increase in bleeding along with bowel movements after the surgical procedure for 48-72 hours is common.
  10. According to some studies, haemorrhoids recurred in 6.3 per cent of patients who had surgery and 25.4 per cent of people who received at-home treatment.

Recovery after removal of Haemorrhoids

Recovery after Haemorrhoidectomy

  1. 1. Recovery rate differs from person to person.
  2. 2. Commonly, patients can return to normal activities within 1-2 weeks.
  3. 3. At the time of recovery patient may experience minor bleeding, soreness, bruising, irritation, and discharge
  4. 4. At the time of recovery, patients need to follow self-care measures like staying well hydrated, adherence to over-the-counter medications, and application of ice packs.
  5. 5. Stitches at the site of the surgery may dissolve on their own in a week.

Recovery after Sclerotherapy for piles-

  1. Slight pain or pressure is noticed after 2-3 days of surgery.
  2. After 4-5 weeks of the procedure, shrinkage in piles can be seen.
  3. Avoid strenuous activities after the procedure.

Recovery after Hemorrhoid banding-

  1. Pain is likely for 24-48 hours after the surgery. Taking over the counter drugs can ease the pain.
  2. Bleeding is observed for 7-10 days after the surgery.
  3. Avoid straining while excreting faeces.

Management of Recovery-

  1. Minimise painful activities like lifting, squatting, and bending, especially in the first few days after surgery.
  2. Doctors may prescribe over-the-counter medications for the management of pain and stool softeners to make stools easier to pass.
  3. It is important to drink plenty of water while recovering
  4. High-fibre rich foods may help in long-term recovery.
  5. Exercise may help control constipation. 

Lifestyle changes may help in recovery from symptoms of haemorrhoids.

  1. Lifestyle changes include avoiding delays in bowel movements.
  2. Gently wash the anus after each bowel movement.
  3. Use an ice pack to reduce pain or discomfort.
  4. Spending so much time on the toilet may lead the blood to pool in veins in the rectum leading to unnecessary pressure on them.
  5. Sitting in a warm tub for a few minutes to bathe the anal area is beneficial.

Role of Diet in recovery-

  1. Consuming food rich in fibre plays a crucial role as it makes the stool softer and easy to pass.
  2. Fibre-rich foods include grains and fruits like apples, pear, raspberries, prunes, and pear.
  3. Vegetables like green peas, sweet potato, potato, and beans are also included.
  4. Diet after haemorrhoid surgery includes strained vegetable juice, milk products limited to two cups, pasta, white rice, and soft-cooked meat.


Piles are painful and uncomfortable. By following a few lifestyle changes symptoms of piles can be managed. Over the counter medications are used in the management of pain.

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Updated on : 12 December 2023


Dr. Aman Priya Khanna

Dr. Aman Priya Khanna

MBBS, DNB General Surgery, Fellowship in Minimal Access Surgery, FIAGES

12 Years Experience

Dr Aman Priya Khanna is a well-known General Surgeon, Proctologist and Bariatric Surgeon currently associated with HealthFort Clinic, Health First Multispecialty Clinic in Delhi. He has 12 years of experience in General Surgery and worke...View More


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