Stapling or stapled hemorrhoidopexy

A newer alternative to traditional hemorrhoidectomy is called stapled hemorrhoidopexy.

This procedure is for bleeding hemorrhoids or prolapsed internal hemorrhoids.

The surgeon uses a stapling device to anchor the hemorrhoids in their normal position. Like traditional hemorrhoid removal, stapled hemorrhoidopexy is performed under general anesthesia as day surgery, but it’s less painful and recovery is quicker. It’s more painful than rubber band ligation and has more minor side effects, but it only needs to be done once; the hemorrhoids are also much less likely to return.

Although this technique is becoming more popular, recent research suggests that stapling has more long-term risks than surgical removal.