International Journal of Colorectal Disease

, Volume 22, Issue 8, pp 955–961 | Cite as

Randomized comparison between stapled hemorrhoidopexy and Ferguson hemorrhoidectomy for grade III hemorrhoids in Taiwan: a prospective study

  • Wen-Shih Huang
  • Chih-Chien Chin
  • Chong-Hung Yeh
  • Paul Y. Lin
  • Jeng-Yi Wang
Original Article



Short-term and mid-term outcomes of stapled hemorrhoidopexy (SH) were compared with those for Ferguson hemorrhoidectomy (FH) for treating hemorrhoids.

Materials and methods

Patients with prolapsed hemorrhoids were randomized into two groups treated with SH (N = 300) and FH (N = 296) at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Chiayi in Taiwan between January 2002 and December 2004. The outcomes of the procedures were evaluated postoperatively (short-term, i.e., intra-/postoperative conditions, hospital stay, pain intensity scoring, time off work, and procedure-related morbidity) and over a follow-up period of minimum 18 months (mid-term, i.e., relapse of prolapse and/or bleeding, anal stricture, anal sepsis, and the acceptability of the procedures to the patients).


SH was superior to FH in operative time, intraoperative blood loss, postoperative pain intensity, and return to work. Based on telephone interviews over the follow-up period, most patients who received SH appreciated the procedure better than those with FH.


This study confirms that SH generates less postoperative suffering, less time off work, and more complete resolution of primary symptoms associated with hemorrhoids in the mid-term follow-up than FH.


Stapled hemorrhoidopexy Ferguson hemorrhoidectomy Hemorrhoids Prospective Randomized 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wen-Shih Huang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chih-Chien Chin
    • 1
  • Chong-Hung Yeh
    • 1
  • Paul Y. Lin
    • 3
  • Jeng-Yi Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of SurgeryChang Gung Memorial HospitalPutzTaiwan
  2. 2.Graduate Institute of Clinical Medical Science, College of MedicineChang Gung UniversityTaoyuanTaiwan
  3. 3.Division of Anatomical Pathology, Department of PathologyChang Gung Memorial HospitalChiayiTaiwan

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