Stapled haemorrhoidopexy: 6 years’ experience of a referral centre

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AimTo prospectively evaluate the long-term results and assess patient satisfaction after stapled haemorrhoidopexy (HS).MethodA total of 150 patients (121 male patients) with symptomatic grade II (n = 50) or III (n = 100) haemorrhoids underwent stapled HS. Patients were followed up during consultations at regular intervals, allowing prospective data collection. A final telephone follow up was also undertaken.ResultsFollow up data were obtained for 130 of 150 patients (86.6%). After a median follow up of 39 months (range, 12–72), 90% of the patients were fully satisfied and 92% were free of haemorrhoidal symptoms. There were no intraoperative complications. Postoperative bleeding that required operation was observed in five patients (3.3%). Most late postoperative complications were benign and easily resolved: unexplained pain for over a month (n = 1), external haemorrhoidal thrombosis (n = 2), anal fissure (n = 6) one with hypertrophic papilla, anal fistula (n = 1), rectal stenosis (n = 1), anal incontinence for (n = 1). Eight patients needed rubber band ligation to treat persistent or recurrent symptomatic prolapse. Four patients (2.6%) were reoperated on during the follow up period but none for haemorrhoidal pathology.ConclusionStapled HS procedure is effective and has low morbidity, high patient satisfaction and provided good long-term control of haemorrhoidal symptoms in the treatment of second and third-degree haemorrhoids.

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