Patient Education Program
Post-Op Guidelines for Anal Surgery

What can I eat?

You may eat anything, but use common sense. It is important to have easy, daily bowel movements.

How can I have an easy bowel movement every day?

Use Metamucil:
1 teaspoon in 12 ounces of water,
Twice a day: every morning, and evening for 3 months.

What can I do to relieve the pain?

Here are 3 treatments to help you manage pain after anal surgery:

  1. Sitz Bath: Taking a sitz bath will help more than anything else. You may take one every 1-2 hours if needed. Many patients find that having the bowel movement while taking a sitz bath eases the discomfort.
  2. Lidocaine Gel: This is a vaseline gel mixed with lidocaine (an anesthetic). You can apply it gently on the wounds and up inside the anal canal just 1/2 inch, before the bowel movement. This can be applied slowly with your finger, or a q-tip cotton swab. The vaseline will help the stool evacuate, and the lidocaine will 'cool' the area.
  3. Pain Medication:
    • You will be given a prescription for strong pain medication. Take these pills as directed.
    • In addition to these pills, take Advil: 2 pills — 4 times a day.

List of what you'll need:

  1. Sitz Bath
  2. Prescription Lidocaine Jell
  3. Prescription pain pills
  4. Advil
  5. Peri-pads (liners)
  6. Tucks
  7. Cotton Q-tips
  8. Metamucil
IMPORTANT TIP: The ideal bowel movement comes the moment you sit, without pain, straining or bleeding. It's completed within seconds, and is easy to clean.
MEDITOONS™ ARE DESIGNED TO BE USED IN CONSULTATION WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN. THEY ARE NOT DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE SELF-DIAGNOSIS OR TREATMENT. PLEASE CHECK WITH A PHYSICIAN PROMPTLY IF YOU SUSPECT YOU ARE ILL.
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