ABSTRACT Background: Surgical haemorrhoidectomy is recognised as an effective but often painful intervention for haemorrhoids. Performed in a district hospital setting, this survey studied the success rates of stapled haemorrhoidopexy (SH) technique according to reported symptoms and patient satisfaction, post operatively. Methods: A cohort of 108 patients admitted for cir- cular stapled procedure at Inverclyde Royal Hospital between June 2006 and December 2011 gave their consent to be interviewed over the telephone after their procedure. 101 out of the 108 patients responded. Assessment of patient satisfaction was made on the basis of pre operative symptoms, postoperative results and complications. Results: Preoperatively, all patients had Grade lll or lV haemorrhoids complicated by haemorrhage. 33% of patients reported associated pain, and 25% complained of anal leakage. Mean follow up time was 23.8 months (7 - 38 months). Overall reported complication rate was 17%, with 9% reporting short term bleeding, 4% reporting shortlived post-operative pain and 3% with recurrence of prolapsed haemorrhoids. 88% of patients were happy with results, with 87% of patients happy to recommend the procedure to others. Conclusion: Stapled anopexy is a relatively new procedure. It has been found to be a successful and well-tolerated procedure for prolapsing haemorrhoids in this district general setting. It has a low recurrence rate, low incidence of post operative pain and a high level of patient satisfaction. However, there are associated complications and it has a steep training curve.
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