Prospective randomized trial comparing stapled hemorrhoidopexy versus closed Ferguson hemorrhoidectomy

Ho, K.S., and Ho, Y.H. (2006) Prospective randomized trial comparing stapled hemorrhoidopexy versus closed Ferguson hemorrhoidectomy. Techniques in Coloproctology, 10 (3). pp. 193-197.

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Background: Ferguson hemorrhoidectomy is believed to result in less postoperative pain because of a closed wound. Stapled hemorrhoidopexy, without a perianal wound, should thus have lesser pain. We conducted a prospective randomized trial to compare stapled hemorrhoidopexy (SH) with Ferguson hemorrhoidectomy (FH).

Methods: Fifty patients with third-degree or early fourthdegree hemorrhoids who required surgery were recruited. Patients were prospectively randomized to receive either FH or SH. Data collected include operative time, hospital stay, fecal incontinence and pain scores, morbidity and complications.

Results: SH patients had less pain in the early postoperative period. There were no significant differences in hospital stay or major complications. One patient after SH required emergency reintervention for thrombosed hemorrhoids distal to the staple line. FH patients had more minor problems of bleeding, wound discharge and pruritus. Fecal incontinence was similar in the 2 groups but two of the three patients with daily incontinence to gas after SH claimed that their lifestyle was affected.

Conclusions: SH is safe to perform and results in less postoperative pain as well as less minor morbidity. Early reintervention and incontinence to gas compromising lifestyle occurred only after SH.

Item ID: 4172
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1128-045X
Keywords: closed hemorrhoidectomy; hemorrhoidectomy; hemorrhoids; piles; stapled hemorrhoidectomy
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2009 05:16
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110323 Surgery @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920118 Surgical Methods and Procedures @ 100%
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