Open haemorrhoidectomy revisited.Niger J Med. 2001 Oct-Dec; 10(4):185-8.NJ
The open method of haemorrhoidectomy has been criticized because of slow wound healing, severe pain and prolonged post operative care. This has led to a shift of interest to other methods of haemorrhoidectomy. These grounds of criticism need to be re-appraised for a rational conclusion and recommendation. Thirty nine consecutive patients who had open haemorrhoidectomy between 2nd and 3rd degree haemorrhoids from May, 1998 to April, 1999 were prospectively assessed for wound healing rate and complication rate. There were 26 males and 13 females (ratio 2:1). The average length of hospital stay was 3 days. Post operative pain and acute retention of urine were the commonest complications. The mean wound healing rate was 5 weeks, with a peak (30.8%) in the 5th post operative week. The mean cost of management was thirty eight U.S. Dollars ($38.00) or four thousand, five hundred and ninety three Naira. (N4,593.00). Open haemorrhoidectomy remains a safe and simple surgical technique that should not be discarded in complete preference to newer innovative methods.