Quality of life after stapler haemorrhoidectomy evaluated by SF-36 questionnaire
Ahmet Erdoğdu1, Nurver Turfaner Sipahioğlu1, Ethem Erginöz2, Berat Apaydın3, Fikret Sipahioğlu4
1Department of Family Medicine, İstanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
2Department of Public Health, İstanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
3Department of General Surgery, İstanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
4Departmet of Internal Medicine, İstanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey
Objective: Hemorrhoids are normal elements of the anal canal anatomy and they become symptomatic with potential factors such as gravity or strain. When symptomatic, hemorrhoidal disease can be costly measured in time away from productive activities. The aim of the study was to assess changes in the quality of life of patients after hemorrhoidectomy using Short Form-36.
Material and Methods: Thirty patients, 24 male and 6 female (age 28 to 65), who were diagnosed with grade III and IV internal hemorrhoidal disease at the general surgery outpatient clinic and treated with stapled hemorrhoidectomy were enrolled in the study. They filled out Short Form-36 a week before surgery and four weeks after surgery. Post-Hoc tests were evaluated with Bonferroni correction after Kruskal Wallis analysis. Wilcoxon test, Student-t-test and Mann-Whitney U test were used for statistical analysis using SPSS 15.
Results: Physical health (Physical functioning, Physical role restriction, Bodily pain) scores were significantly improved after surgery.
Conclusion: Success of hemorrhoidectomy operations can be evaluated by postoperative recovery, incidence of complications or relapses. Quality of life questionnaires are another method to evaluate the success of the treatment from the patient’s perspective.
Keywords: Hemorrhoidectomy, quality of life, Short Form-36
Ethics committee approval was received for this study from the ethics committee of Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa Medical Faculty (05.04.2011, 12819).
Written informed consent was obtained from patients who participated in this study.
Concept - N.T.S., B.A.; Design - E.E.; Supervision - F.S., E.E., N.T.S.; Funding - F.S., B.A.; Materials - B.A.; Data Collection and/or Processing - A.E.; Analysis and/or Interpretation - E.E.; Literature Review - N.T.S., A.E.; Writer - A.E., N.T.S.; Critical Review - F.S., N.T.S.
No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.
The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.