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Passing blood in stool post recent Hemorroids operation - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I had a hemmorhoid banding procedure done about 2 1/2 weeks ago and have been passing more and more blood in my stool over the past few weeks. Tonight I started passing blood every hour or so and no stool, only blood. I am taking some medications and undergoing physical therapy for spastic pelvic floor, anismus and pudendal neurolgia.
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here?
User :   hi
Doctor :   let me read what you have typed
User :   I am a bit worried as I am supposed to travel for 3 months of study.
User :   in 2 days
Doctor :   the bleeding is not normal
Doctor :   you should report to the treating doctor
Doctor :   and get examined to see where the blood is coming from
Doctor :   to get it under control
User :   it is not normal for the procedure I had?
User :   I have also been taking medication from another dr.
Doctor :   no, the bleeding that you are having at present is not normal
Doctor :   i recommned an urgent physical and local examination for you
Doctor :   to get your problem under control
User :   can I wait until morning or is this an urgent emergency?
User :   it is the middle of the night here.
Doctor :   since you are passing blood every hour, it is best that you seek emergency care.
User :   wow, this is the last thing I need now...
User :   Is there anything I can do before seeking care?
User :   to help stop the bleeding?
Doctor :   the bleeding has to be controlled, apllying pressure may help to stop it temporarily
Doctor :   were you prescribed stool softeners after surgery?
User :   no but I had been taking them
User :   I had some blood streaking in my stool
Doctor :   are the stools soft now?
User :   which I was told could happen
User :   well my concern is that now I am passing blood but no stool
Doctor :   bt what you have described suggests frank bleeding and not streaking which is not normal
User :   some of it is dry blood but mostly dripping fresh blood
Doctor :   and should be attended to immediately
Doctor :   to see where the bleeding is happing from and seal it
User :   caughterize it or do I need DDAVP?
Doctor :   it wil depend upon the extent of teh lesion involved
Doctor :   if its a small one, cauterising can be done
Doctor :   if it is complicated, it might require an extensive process
Doctor :   to control the bleeding
User :   what about packing the area with toilet paper and applying pressure, if this is able to stop it do I still need emergency care?
User :   I can then call the Dr. tommorow.
Doctor :   as you said it is more like dripping fresh blood, the pressure with toilet paper will not help, moreover it has risk of introducing infection in the area
Doctor :   getting it packed with sterile pressure bandage and gauge would be better
Doctor :   do not delay in seeking emergency care, it will help you stop the bleeding faster
User :   ok, thank you. I will wake my father (he is an MD) and go to the hospital if he agrees. Thank you.
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   I believe that is all.
User :   thank you
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