POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS OF LONGO STAPLED HEMORRHOIDECTOMY
Like every operation, certain possible complications might occur with the Longo Stapled hemorrhoidectomy.
Minor complications include minor bleeding, mild pulling sensation in the abdomen or in the rectum in the first few days, retention of urine and mild stricture or narrowing of the rectum.
More serious or major complications include infection inside the abdomen, injury and perforation to the rectum. Fortunately such severe complications are extremely rare: 1 or 2 in over 1000 cases.
Nevertheless, this procedure must be performed with care and attention detail to minimize the risk of severe complications.
LONG-TERM RESULT OF STAPLED OPERATION
Because of the procedure is new, widely used in Europe for just over 2 years, it is difficult to know the long-term recurrence rate. Dr Longo had personally performed over 1400 cases, about 500 with 2 to 6 years follow-up, he reported few cases of recurrence. Patients must make sure that they don’t get into the bad habit of being constipated, straining at stools or sitting on toilets for long period of time especially if they have a strong family history of piles