Stapled haemorrhoidopexy versus ferguson haemorrhoidectomy: a prospective study with 2-year postoperative follow-up

Sabanci U., Ogun I., Candemir G.

JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL RESEARCH, vol.35, no.6, pp.917-921, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Patients with grade III or IV haemorrhoids underwent stapled haemorrhoidopexy or Ferguson haemorrhoidectomy (50 patients in each group) between June 2000 and April 2003. Six patients (12.0%) receiving stapled haemorrhoidopexy experienced complications: bleeding (2.0%) and haematoma (4.0%); late complications were anal fissure (4.0%) and recurrence of haemorrhoidal disease (2.0%). Bleeding was treated during the operation by suture ligation and fissures by sphincterotomy; haematomas resolved spontaneously with conservative medical treatment. Of those undergoing Ferguson haemorrhoidectomy, no bleeding occurred postoperatively, however urinary retention was seen in three patients (6.0%) We conclude that Ferguson haemorrhoidectomy was safer than stapled haemorrhoidopexy for bleeding complications, but stapled haemorrhoidopexy was superior to the Ferguson technique in terms of postoperative pain (4.2 versus 7.4 on day 1 after operation, decreasing to 2.2 versus 4.2 at 1 week for stapled haemorrhoidopexy compared with Ferguson haemorrhoidectomy, respectively), duration of hospital stay (92% undergoing stapled haemorrhoidopexy discharged on postoperative day 1) and time to return to normal activities (10.0 +/- 1 versus 28.0 2 days, respectively).